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New York Fashion Week Spring 2012 Denim Roundup


Denim Therapy has been so busy pounding the trade show floors that we barely had time to sleep.  However, we couldn’t not talk about New York Fashion Week before we moved onto the next shows!  Denim has gone glam in the form of metallic jeans for Spring 2012 (Diesel Black Gold), and there is a return to and continuation of patchwork and panel denim motifs (Charlotte Ronson and D&G).  Although there were several other brands which had denim represented in their collections, we only chose to feature a few designer labels which we feel really worked with and integrated denim into their collections in a deeper sense.  Which denim trend do you think will make a big splash come spring?

Diesel Black Gold Spring-Summer 2012: metallic jeans in reflective foil, reptilian and shimmery abalone-green hues offered lustre and texture to denim.  The brand continues to redefine itself as not just a brand about blue jeans.  More Diesel Black Gold online at Style.com.

 

Theyskens’ Theory Spring-Summer 2012: Olivier Theyskens still loves black and white, but he has thrown in vibrant acid-washed jeans and high-waisted, drop-crotch denim with drop-waist belt loops, creating an illusion of a low waist.  Will this be the game changer?  More Theyskens’ Theory online at Style.com.

 

Charlotte Ronson Spring-Summer 2012: Patchwork denim, denim and chambray panels, and denim pieced together with silk in muted and faded washes, shows Ronson’s desire to keep the fun, flirty and feminine in a woman’s everyday wardrobe.  We loved that Ronson used denim as both the main ingredient and the accent fabric in this collection. More Charlotte Ronson online at Style.com.

D&G Spring-Summer 2012: Remember those menswear bandana silk shorts and shirts pieced together with denim?  Now those same aesthetics have been reincarnated into women’s ready-to-wear in a variety of dresses.  It’s a playful explosion of colors and patterns.  However, the jury’s out on whether this collection is going to move the needle at retailers.  More D&G online at Style.com.



—Kathy Ng Hassan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted Sep 23 2011 in Denim Fashion » Runway

Brooklyn Skater Style: BCBG Max Azria Jeans


Meet Ilva. She’s a pretty cool gal. Aside from being a skateboarding champ (we’ve seen her navigate Bushwick streets after 3AM, whizzing in and out of trucks,  both parked and mobile), and the most stylish Latvian in town, she has a band named after her! But when she dropped by our blog editor’s apartment in her awesome BCBG MAX Azria jeans recently, skateboard in hand, we demanded she stay for a quick photo shoot.

The paneled denim contours down the thigh to create very cool seamline that splits at the knee. We love how this adds texture without the superfluous appearance of appliqu?s or pre-meditated tears (because while we love those too, they’re not for every look). Ilva wore her jeans with a striped ruffled blouse—a surprisingly sweet twist to her too-cool-for-school look. And the best part? She says it’s an easy ensemble to skate in.

Thanks, Ilva!

—DT Staff

 

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Posted May 31 2011 in Denim Fashion » Street Style Watch

Add Contour: Paneled Denim


Sick of consistent surface denim and a lack of zig-zagging contours? Never fear—paneled and and patchwork denim is rampant! Featured as one of Refinery29′s recent top Fall denim trends, you won’t have to walk (or click) far to find a pair that you love.

The trend seemingly snowballed via recent deliveries of panel-crazy cocktail dresses, worn tight as seran wrap to accentuate the torso as much as possible. Antonio Berardi and Versace are too obvious culprits–and more recently designers like Jen Kao have joined the geometric seams game. In jeans, the star players are designers like Helmut Lang, Rick Owens, Marc Jacobs, and Acne. Check out a few of our favorites below:

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1. Helmut Lang Denim Smoke Wash Grey Combo Jeans ($230) – buy it at Shopbop.

2. TOPSHOP Chain Seamed Skinny Jeans in Grey ($100) – buy it at TOPSHOP.

3. Acne Black Paneled Skinny Jean ($313) – buy it at My Wardrobe.

4. SUPERFINE Leather SWIRL Jeans ($460) – buy it at Ssense.

5. Selected Femme Paneled Denim Skinny Jeans ($118) – buy it at ASOS.

6. Woodford & Co Denim Jodhpurs ($278) – buy it at Shopbop.

The trend expands to jackets, especially in patchwork (check out the Opening Ceremony jacket we featured the other day), and will likely spread steadily to other fits and fibers.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Oct 25 2010 in Denim Fashion
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