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The Denim-Lover’s Guide To Fashion’s Night Out: NY & LA


Hitting the streets of New York or La tonight for Fashion’s Night Out tonight? It’s a notoriously crazy experience navigating foot traffic in and out of hyped-up events in crammed boutiques, tripping over celebrities, spinning prize wheels and who knows what else—but if you have the right map, it can be tons of fun. We’ve got you denim heads covered with 5 spots to shop for men’s and women’s jeans in LA and NY on FNO 2013.

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NY

Earnest Sewn’s Fashion’s Night Out Soiree

What: Celebrate FNO with Earnest Sewn. Special haircuts and manicures provided by Trumans, braids for women by Tyler Villa, liev music, and more.

Where: Meat Packing Strore. 821 Washington Street, New York

When: 6:00PM – 10:00PM

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Denim Habit’s Recharge Station

What: Celebrate Fashion’s Night Out at Denim Habit with DL1961, Stylelite and Ninteen Sixtyone, with a chance to get styled by Stylelite’s editor-in-chief Verena von Pfetten. Snacks, music, and great sales!

Where: 346 West 14th Street, New York

When: 6:00PM – 9:00PM

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GUESS Fashion’s Night Out

What: An “I <3 NYC” themed evening of shopping, sipping, and sweets. Enjoy DJ beats, mini-makeovers, mini-manicures, and challenge your friends to foosball or ping pong! GUESS models will be showcasing the latest looks from the fall collection.

Where: Multiple locations! 575 5th Avenue and 537 Broadway in SoHo, plus the Marciano store, 514 Broadway.

When: 6:00PM – 11:00PM

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Topshop FNO Party Feat. The Misshapes

What: The Misshapes take the stage from 6:30PM – 9:00PM amidst makeovers, raffles, and sales. Now is the perfect time to grab a pair of high waisted denim jeans for fall!

Where: 478 Broadway, New York

When: 6:00PM – 11:00PM

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Opening Ceremony’s Noraebang Karaoke Party

What: OC puts a spin on things this year with a Korean Karaoke party, hosted by Solange Knowles, Miguel, Hyoni Kang, Ed Droste, and Carrie Imberman. Soundtrack by Kill the DJs, featuring MC by Karaoke Killed the Cat. Limited-edition prints with artwork from the book by Terry Richardson, Terence Koh, Marcel Dzama, Marc Hundley, and Andrew Kuo will be on display and available for purchase.

Where: OC at the The Ace Hotel, 1190-92 Broadway, New York

When: 6:00PM – 11:00PM

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LA

Kitson LA x Bleulab

What: Kitson is joining forces with Bleulab, Reversible Collection for Fashion’s Night Out! Sip on drinks from Tortilla Republic and jam to the tunes of DJ Jordan Jones.

Where: 115 South Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles

When: 6:00PM – 9:00PM

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La Brea Block Party

What: Streets closed for block party featuring World Denim, American Rag, What Goes Around Comes Around & More! Food trucks, photo booths, cocktails, DJs and more.

Where: 181 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles

When: 7:00PM – 11:00PM

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Urban Outfitters & Cheap Monday FNO Bash

What: Urban Outfitters and Cheap Monday team up for a dance-friendly FNO party featuring live music from YACHT, a DJ set by White Arrows, free beer, and denim give-aways.

Where: Space15Twenty, 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles

When: 7:00PM – 10:00PM

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Paige Denim FNO Party

What: Paige Denim is celebrating FNO with style blogger Sincerely, Jules’ #UniquelyPaige window display at the Robertson Blvd boutique.

Where: 116 N Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles

When: Windows unveiled at 6:00PM.

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Beverly Center’s FNO Fashion Show

What: The Beverly Center is celebrating Fashion’s Night Out with a runway show, featuring styles by True Religion, Diesel, J. Lindeberg, and others. Celebrity appearances, on-site stylists, and shopping incentives are just some of the perks.

Where: 8500 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles

When: Red carpet arrivals begin at 5:00PM, followed by opening ceremony at 6:30PM. Fashion show begins at 7:00PM.

 

In New York? Stop by SoHo where our editor MC will be doing some DIY magic on limited edition FNO t-shirts from 6PM – 10PM! Visit her on the 4th floor. 504 Broadway, New York City.

Happy Fashion Week!

—DT Staff

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Posted Sep 06 2012 in Denim News » Events

Le Blog de Betty Dresses Down Margiela x Opening Ceremony Leather-Shinned Jeans


When we first saw MM6 Maison Martin Margiela x Opening Ceremony’s grey skinny jeans (topped off with some badass leather shins) we automatically knew they’d be perfect for Margiela’s dream girl about the town to wear, bedecked in her go-to edgy black separates. So it’s refreshing to see Betty from Le Blog de Betty pairing these pants with a lumberjack plaid shirt and tan booties for a more casual look–definitely not the expected route, but still totally rocking.

See the full-size look below…

Images via Le Blog de Betty

—Brie Hiramine

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Posted Jan 12 2012 in Denim Fashion » Street Style Watch

Q&A: Williamsburg Garment Co. Talks High Quality Jeans At The Lowest Possible Price


Williamsburg Garment Co. is designing denim for the people: quality over quantity at the closest you’ll get to factory direct prices. Founder, owner, and head designer Maurice Malone (who’s no stranger to the denim business—he’s served as head of design and project manager to a top freelance denim design studio for over ten years) says one of Steve Jobs‘ famous quotes sparked the company’s beginning: ”Think Different”. And different, he’s doing it. With the utmost in fabric quality, pristine washes, and some serious neighborhood pride (all fits are named after Streets and Avenues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn), WGC is about to be the new favorite brand of every denim snob on the East Coast (and those of us who just want an awesome product we can afford). Read on to find out how all of this started, and where it’s headed.

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Denim Therapy: Lets start from the beginning. What inspired you to get this brand off the ground?

Maurice Malone: I went into business with virtually no money by today’s business standards. My love and passion for design is what inspires and drives me. My knowledge, experience and limited budget drove me to come up with the formula for this brand. I can’t out-BIG any company, so I made being a small my advantage.

I approached launching this brand inspired by Apple’s “Think Different” campaign, Steve Jobs, Facebook and Opening Ceremony’s marketing power.

DT: How does WGC differentiate itself from the hundreds of popular denim brands afloat right now?

MM: Retailers like me because I can deliver a great product at nearly factory direct prices, allowing them an incredible mark-up on product that is among the lowest priced and highest quality in their stores. For consumers looking for a great pair of jeans, my product is a no-brainer. Pay an extra $100 or more to be branded with labels on your jeans or save $100 and get a pair of jeans: a better product with no outer labeling. Our branding is in our unique coin pocket, subtle logo on the inside of the waistband.

DT: We could probably talk for pages about this unique business model for WGC, but let’s talk product. Do you have any pre-designing rituals?

MM: I constantly remind myself to keep it simple and clean. Quality, Fit and Simplicity are the core goals of the product. Low pricing is achieved through streamlined operations, production savvy and putting less in my pocket. WGC is not a brand selling the consumer a lifestyle, image or marketing to a specific segment. Product is increasingly becoming secondary in today’s market, but we’re making a high quality product competing with jeans upward of $200, for less then $100.

No, this isn’t a new idea, and I don’t pretend it to be. But when you look at my product inside and out, there’s a huge difference between brands that claim this kind of quality at low prices, while they’re driving costs down by using low quality fabrics, inferior construction and high volume to lower their prices. I can beat big volume brands because I’m not profit driven. I don’t have all the expenses (sales commissions, warehousing, staff, returns, etc).

I’m a “small time operation” doing “small time business”. That’s my advantage.

DT: Describe your ideal target customer.

MM: I see the brand product based, so I don’t really have a target customer as much as I have a target retailer. I would like to see the brands consumer acceptance as wide as Levis… but while Levis offers both low price/low quality and high price/high quality, my goal is to be at a lower retail price than Levi’s, and never lower quality (or sell hideously washed styles). As for my target retailer, I’m aiming for better stores I can partner with to deliver their customers a product that will have them excited about the next shipment.

DT: What would be your dream collaboration? Any plans of that in the future?

MM: I would be happy collaborating with Opening Ceremony, Barney’s and Lane Crawford in my first year, along with a few other select retailers. I showed Opening Ceremony the collection recently and they loved it. I have an in with Lane Crawford that’s panning out too—fingers crossed.

All in due time—right now I’m all over the place doing everything single handedly. One week I’m building the website, one week I’m designing, one week it’s all about production… then there’s my blog, the freelance design I do, production for other brands… I don’t have time to waste, so I have to plan carefully. Basically, the coming weeks are all about promoting and pitching. And besides pitching a story to CNN recently, you’re my first real interview, so when the brand becomes a hit, you can claim breaking the story!

DT: Street style and style blogs are huge in the industry right now as a source of inspiration, influencing the high-end labels rather than vice versa. How much does street style influence your designing?

MM: To me, small blogs have the big impact as opposed to big corporate media outlets. It’s the difference between the shopping experience of department store and a small shop where the owner is greeting you from behind the register. Blogs are a bigger part of my marketing plan then my designing inspiration. My goal is to have personal relationships with a thousand blogs around the world.

DT: How do you see your jeans being styled?

MM: Clean, mature and tasteful. It’s not a loud, youthful or trendy brand.

DT: Can you give us hint about what’s next?

MM: Well, you know you’re doing something right when investors start calling you before your product has even shipped. I’ll be expanding to a full collection for Fall 2012. I’ve been asked by one of my factory partners to open retail stores next year with their backing (which I am seriously considering). I’ve been rejecting wholesale operation backing as it would destroy the entire formula.

Above all, I can tell you I won’t be in the business of chasing profits. I believe if you make a good product, offer good customer service and work smart, profits will success will happen.

 

Check out the men’s and women’s styles from the line below:

 

Huge thanks to Maurice for this insightful Q&A—be sure to check out Williamsburg Garment Co. online, on facebook, and on Twitter.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Nov 07 2011 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

Men’s Summer Denim Style: Pastels & Bright Blue Jeans


This may look to some like a throwback to the 2007 post-electro neons & pastels craze, but the bright blue jeans and YSL kicks add a fresh layer to this look. We’re encouraging the guys to bust out the saturated colors for their spring & summer style, and keep it casual with fun graphic T’s! Want to learn how to rock this look? Scroll down for some seriously fun style.

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1. GUESS Kennedy jeans in Jones wash ($89) – buyt it at Guess.

2. Rainbow Wayfarer Sunglasses ($14) – buy it at Urban Outfitters.

3. COMME DES GAR?ONS small leather half-zip wallet ($100) – buy it at Mr. Porter.

4. Warriors of Radness big wet tee in pale pink ($40) – buy it at Opening Ceremony.

5. Yves Saint Laurent leather high-top sneakers ($297—50% off!) – buy it at Mr. Porter.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jun 15 2011 in Denim Fashion » How to Wear It

Levi’s x Opening Ceremony Exclusively at Levi’s Plaza


We recently wrote about the new Levi’s Chambray x Opening Ceremony collaboration, and now you can nab yourself some at its new brick and mortar location, which quietly opened last month at Levi’s Plaza in San Francisco (1155 Battery St.).  The Levi’s x Opening Ceremony chambray collection will be sold at this location, one of only four stores in the country to carry it.  The official opening is said to be announced in March.

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dockers-khakis-levis-plaza-storeSource: SF Gate and LS&Co. Unzipped (photos).

—Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Feb 14 2011 in Denim News » Store Openings

Levi’s x Opening Ceremony Launch Third Collection


The third and latest Levi’s + Opening Ceremony collection is about to hit the scene. New York Fashion Week (which is approaching at a startling rate) will see the debut of this youthful, colorful line and its full spectrum of casual outfitting opportunities. Japanese chambray and lightweight indigo denim is used in pieces like diluted mango cropped pants and a classic denim jacket for both sexes. The preview, shot by Terry Richardson, has us hungry for more.

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—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Feb 03 2011 in Denim Fashion » Denim News

Cool Blue: Our Favorite Denim To Wear Now


Across the deliciously broad spectrum of potential jean wear-ables available right now, a few pieces stand out as gems the denim-hungry shopper should pause to ponder. Some have just hit the shelves and some are recycled looks from spring (which, with the right styling, carry over seamlessly), but the common thread is evident: Intense style with a dash of playful intrigue. Mix and match our picks below with your filmy tees, cable knit sweaters, and brown leather boots for fall.

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1. Double-pocket denim collar shirts are the most happening item on the market right now, appearing in variations at every price point! This versatile top will work into any ensemble. Pixie Market Denim Top ($93) – buy it at Pixie Market.

2. It’s no secret that we love Siwy–their chic, incredible fit comes with a complimentary dose of street-smart sex appeal. Try these poly-elastic blend bottoms with a high-rise back. Siwy Jeans Rose Velour in Linger ($195) – buy it at REVOLVEclothing.

3. Princess seams add attractive contour to this denim pencil skirt, while an edgy wash and zip-front are good for class all day and the dance floor afterward. MY LOVELY JEAN Denim skirt ($168) – buy it at YOOX.

4. Here’s an adorable soft-pleated skirt that won’t be a major investment. The big roomy pockets and flouncy bow-tie in the front are too sweet to pass up. Life In Progress Denim Swing Skirt ($23) – buy it at Forever21.

5. This cut-out argyle top has plenty of negative space opportunity for layers with pop colors or lace blouses. Pieced Argyle Boatneck ($170) – buy it at Opening Ceremony.

6. Still a favorite on the scene, the boyfriend jean looks super-cute paired with heels, Keds, and lace-up wedges alike. Mix up boyish appeal with your lady charms! DEBI Boyfriend Jeans ($180) – buy it at DIESEL.

7.  Some of us may be window shopping on this one, but it’s no sin to be inspired by the higher end options out there! This gorgeous utilitarian denim jacket is a classic in essence, and you’ll look as fierce as an aviator without having to lift a finger.  Alexander McQueen Strong-shouldered denim jacket ($1,785) – buy it at Net-A-Porter.

8. Art school darlings, Jackson Pollock fans, and any who wish to turn heads, there’s no better way to do it than a pair of high contrast jeans with an intense print like this. Proenza Schouler High Waist Painted Jeans ($550) – buy it at Opening Ceremony.

9. No sense stopping with basic woven silhouettes—this unexpectedly sexy denim brassiere is structured, stylish, and just one click away. We love the contrast black band around the hem, too. Dungaree Denim Bra ($44) – buy it at TOPSHOP.

Gents… stay tuned for the mens’ edition!

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Oct 19 2010 in Denim News » Trend Alert

Denim Finds: Swing Out Sister


Their back, the pleated swing skirts that celebrated their heydays in the late 80′s.  Get into the groove and swing out sister!

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Thakoon Addition Tulip Skirt, $375.00

Sashay – chass?©…show off those sexy gams in this ultra short tulip skirt.

Shop Thakoon @ Shopbop

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Pendleton Meets Opening Ceremony Button Gathered Skirt, $230.00

Celestial with an edge, this gathered skirt features a billowing hem dotted with metallic buttons, giving each twirl a spot of sparkle.

Shop Opening Ceremony

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Opening Ceremony Swing Skirt – Ultra Light, $ 280.00

Get into the swing of all things spring! This pleated circle skirt has the soft skyblues and lightweight sway of a perfect day in may.

Shop Opening Ceremony

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Apr 08 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Shoes: Opening Ceremony par Robert Clergerie Collection


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Available now is the Opening Ceremony par Robert Clergerie collection of Amor Lace-up Platforms. The cult specialty store’s collaboration with the iconic French shoe designer resurrects Clergerie’s classic aesthetics that the designer is best known for, a feminine oxford with a masculine undercurrent.

France has been heavy on our minds as of late. We??™ve turned to the country as the next to add to our international roster of designers, and it??™s also as the home base for our latest collaboration with revered footwear designer, ROBERT CLERGERIE. Many aspects of Clergerie??™s rich heritage made us ecstatic to work with the brand. We were inspired by Clergerie??™s innovative spirit, which, among other things, made him the first designer to produce a women??™s shoe on a men??™s last – creating a traditional flat lace-up oxford for women. Opening Ceremony worked with Robert Clergerie to create a rope-sole platform oxford in fabrics featured in the SPRING/SUMMER 2010 OPENING CEREMONY COLLECTION. Polka dot linen (in oatmeal and navy), indigo linen, and a custom FLORAL WATERCOLOR-PRINTED denim all made the cut.

After working under iconic footwear designer Charles Jourdan, Robert Clergerie expanded on his own and purchased the famed Joseph Fenestrier shoe factory in the French footwear capital of Romans, France. Built in 1895, his factory is an integral part of shoemaking in France ??“ and we couldn??™t wait to see it for ourselves. Check out the OPENING CEREMONY PAR ROBERT CLERGERIE Spring 2010 collection, and some photos from our trip from Paris to Romans to visit Robert and his epic headquarters! (Opening Ceremony)

At the height of Clergerie’s career, which was in the late 80′s and early 90′s (when I was just a VERY young fashionista), I remember it was a must-have to own a pair of Robert Clergerie shoes, which, of course, I did and still do. After coming out of retirement and buying back his namesake company in 2005, Clergerie now continues to produce fresh and innovative footwear that Robert Clergerie fans, including myself, still covet.

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Opening Ceremony Robert Clergerie Amor Lace-up Platforms, $460.00

Shop Opening Ceremony


–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Mar 29 2010 in Uncategorized

Levi’s + Opening Ceremony


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A marketing image for the collection. Photo By Courtesy Photo

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon continue to expand their vast collaborations for their global retail store, Opening Ceremony.  This time, Opening Ceremony has partnered up with the deep rooted American heritage brand, Levi’s, to create a co-branded line of men’s and women’s products that will hit stores next month.  The capsule range will be sold at Opening Ceremony stores, levi.com, the Levi’s flagship in San Francisco and a group of exclusive wholesale accounts globally.

Both companies have been involved in a multitude of collaborations.  Levi’s has partnered with Robert Geller, Shepard Fairey and Damien Hirst.  Opening Ceremony has collaborated with Robert Clergerie, Pendleton and Chlo?« Sevigny, to name a few.

???Over the last few years, Opening Ceremony has consistently created and celebrated the freshest and most exciting stories in fashion,??? said Joshua Katz, head of collaborations, partnerships and creative concepts at Levi??™s. ???Our collaboration was really built around a shared desire to celebrate our history, not just by revising it, but rather by reinterpreting it in new and interesting ways.???

The collaboration is planned as an ongoing, multiseason project, said Katz.

The spring Levi??™s + Opening Ceremony collection is focused on corduroy. It includes unisex pants and shorts in a fine-wale fabrication, a corduroy shirt and jean jackets in corduroy and denim styles. The jackets are available in men??™s and women??™s fits. Each corduroy style comes in eight colors: fuchsia, teal, lavender, beige, curry, olive, navy or white.

The pants will retail for $148; the shorts for $106; jackets for $178, and the shirt for $128.

The collection will launch during New York Fashion Week at Opening Ceremony stores in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo, as well as the boutique set to bow in the Ace Hotel in New York next month. The Levi??™s store in New York??™s Union Square will devote its first floor to Opening Ceremony product for several weeks beginning Feb. 19. (Source:  WWD)

Denim Therapy will keep you posted for more images on the products.

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jan 11 2010 in Uncategorized
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