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Spring Trend: Embellished Jeans


Trend alert! Just having a bit of interesting distressing or a cool wash isn’t cutting it for the fashion crowd when it comes to spring denim. Embellished jeans are a hot item right now, and the interpretations are vast: sequins, chains, crystals, patches and more. Check out some of the coolest over at Elle, and then grab the contents of your junk drawer for an on-trend DIY project.

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—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Mar 20 2014 in Denim Fashion » Trend Alert

Small & Stylish: Scotch & Soda Kids Collection


Scotch & Soda‘s latest kids’ denim collection beats out many an all-grown-up lookbook in terms of style and effortlessness.  The bite-sized line features acid wash jeans, bleached cuffed shorts, textured and appliqued sweatshirts, and other easy to wear separates. Check out the full collection below.

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—DT Staff

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Posted Feb 10 2014 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks

Rich, Skinny & Sexy For Fall 2013


We’re in love with Rich & Skinny! The latest fall lookbook features classic washes and staple styles ranging from basic skinnies and crops to seamed moto jeans. They also threw in some exciting details like contrast wash patchwork, utility slacks, and ankle zippers that add some sex appeal. Check the range out below.

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—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Sep 07 2013 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks

Denim Dose: News & Links


Welcome to your morning dose of denim news, links, sales, and inside info! Catch up on what’s happening and browse our personal picks for the most interesting what-not that turns up during our morning web crawl. Got a tip you think we should include, a sale you want to share, or a style you just saw and can’t live without? Email us!

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1. Take a close-up look at Kapital Clothing, asap.

“Detailing in the form of traditional Japanese Boro and tattoo inspired embroidery, silver concho buttons on heavyweight knitwear, incredible raw denim and patchwork faded indigo, a shawl collared coat that nearly brought on the vapors.”

2. We’re in love with this new denim jacket by Rag & Bone, bringing back the denim x leather combo we were all over a few seasons ago. This is a great staple for fall.

3. Dig into the political aspect of indigo dye in this film on its history by Mary Lance.

4. Just in case you missed our announcement yesterday, the new G-Star store in Toronto opens tonight!

5. Don’t be the 40-year-old-dude wearing Bape. Gavin McInnes wants to show you how to dress your age.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Apr 04 2012 in Denim News

Surface to Air Makes Us Pine For Summer Really Badly


Last fall, Style.com launched their Video Fashion Week, featuring film shorts to showcase brands that don’t normally show at Fashion Week, such as Surface to Air. Now that spring is oh-so-close, we think watching this video now [Editor's note: there are NSFW nipplage scenes] is just enough to make us pine even harder for those warm, lazy days. Featuring S2A‘s Spring-Summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection, you’ll see faded, vintage wash denim, even a patchwork piece, plus lightweight button down shirts in easy-on-the-eye gray scale, neutrals and blues. With “Harmonia” by Cass McComb as the mood music, you might just agree that this is likely the most perfect day ever on video.

Check out what’s new, including their new collab with musician Kim Gordon at Surface to Air online.

—Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Mar 16 2012 in Campaigns » Denim Fashion

Street Style World Round-up: Denim, Shorts and Chambray


Lookbook.nu has a great selection of street style denim trends from all over the world. A few of our favorite recent posts are Konstantina from Athens, Mireia from Barcelona, Nika from Ukraine, Anjelica from Germany and Roos from Amsterdam. From a chicly styled chambray, dressed up patchwork, casual boyfriend jeans to denim shorts cuffed with precision these chicks know how to style our favorite article of clothing. Combined these looks cover a lot of ground, what is your favorite look for this spring?

Images via LOOKBOOK.nu.

—Stephanie Powell

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Posted Mar 08 2012 in Denim Fashion » Street Style Watch

Surface To Air SS’12 Women’s Features Patchwork, Colored Denim & Smart Separates


Surface To Air‘s spring 2012 collection is overflowing with great denim looks, from a cute fitted pair of dark wash patchwork jean (under a light wash oversized workshirt) to vibrant teal skinnies. Saturated medium-wash denim shorts are paired with patchwork jean jackets, and adorable centerpiece garments like a pleated denim dress and the overall lightwash one piece with black buttons keep the whole set playful and fresh. There are plenty of tailored and semi-sheer separates mixed in to tie the looks together, too. We’re digging it for spring fashion that we can wear to work, or hanging out on the weekends.

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Shop Surface To Air online; Images via We Are Selecters.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Nov 28 2011 in Uncategorized

BiceSter Fall/Winter 2011 Brings Quirk and Cool to Menswear


There’s nothing more lame than a clothing line that takes itself too seriously. No one likes a fuddy-duddy! And that’s part of the reason why we love Yusuke Ota’s menswear line, BiceSter. The Japanese label’s fall/winter 2011 collection playfully injects corals, blues, and mellow hues into loose trousers, cargo shorts, and relaxed-but-not-sloppy shirts. We even find ourselves digging the pieced-together denim bottoms. Patchwork for men? So not the norm, but yes, yes, yes!

 

Images via Selectism

—Brie Hiramine

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Posted Nov 03 2011 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks

White Mountaineering Spring-Summer 2012: The Answer to Punk Bohemian Style


Japanese brand White Mountaineering is said to be as technically strong as Visvim, and as fashion forward as Comme des Garçons. For Spring-Summer 2012, we see the man as the traveler through the desert, which is a change of landscape from its current Autumn-Winter 2011 collection in which the man braves the frosty wilderness. We don’t know this man, but we sense he is multifaceted; he’s a Bohemian punk rocker who absorbs a little bit of something from wherever he travels. Tribal motifs, Western shirt shoulder paneling, tattoo prints and patchwork denim provide a bit of rough, weathered and storied look that the collection conveys for the man who has a journey yet to take. Designer Yosuke Aizawa found a way to tastefully integrate denim into this collection’s DNA. And you thought White Mountaineering was just for hiking.

 

Images via Trend Crib.  Video via High Snobiety.

—Kathy Ng Hassan

 

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Posted Oct 21 2011 in Denim Fashion » Denim News » Runway

Our Top 10 Denim Fashion Collections From London, Paris & Milan Fashion Week


Between London, Paris, and Milan, there was a whirlwind of denim to keep up with, but we’re making it easy for you by sharing our top 10 favorite denim collections. From Balenciaga’s broken front row bench (Anna Wintour had to stand!) , Gareth Pugh’s models in caged dresses, and Alexander McQueen’s use of lace head pieces,Spring 2012 European Fashion Weeks took more risks, exuded romance and signaled a return to the art behind couture that industry faves like Prabal Gurung craves so much. Designers are taking chances and we like what we’re seeing (well not all of it but that’s the point of this post isn’t it?).

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In London, we love Henry Holland’s cloud-like look of bleach splatters on the high-waisted skinny jeans (also shown in another color scheme of peaches and cream). The color palette is pastel but with an edge, as the colors aren’t dulled down but rather pop out. The lavender high-waisted skinny jeans come with an almost animal-like printed spot on them, which have a much more nighttime feel than the bleached jeans.

 

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Marques’Almeida certainly stood out during LFW, if that was even possible.  Their take on frayed and ripped jeans and repurposed denim—in this case jeans that look like a DIY project gone out of control—is both visually interesting and creative.  The creations exude a tribal nature while exerting a sense of raw rebellion.  We hesitate to think the collection is actually wearable, but we give kudos for this entry into the substantial use of denim in a collection.

 

 

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Paris Fashion Week definitely had a denim fest worth crushing over. Balmain took coated denim to a new level of class by pairing it with light-wash denim for a pantsuit as well as a futuristic denim mini dress that we absolutely fell in love with! We mean after all, if the world is ending in 2012, this is what we want to be wearing!

 

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Isabel Marant was all over the place (in a good way) at PFW with patchwork denim, more bleached denim, and even a scribble print pair of skinny jeans. When you want the comfort of denim but want to take a chance that a pair of blue jeans just can’t give you, look here.

 

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Keeping the ethnic and tribal print trend going strong, Paul & Joe brought a luxe version of the American South West to Paris mixing sheer lurex knits and metallic leather jeans in gold and bronze with bright silk ikat separates. This collection also marks the revival of hippie-chic embroidered jeans and handbags. Get into it because this is definitely the new take on bohemian style!

 

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A decidedly architectural collection with exaggerated shoulders and bold proportions, Balenciaga‘s jeans for women were marked by frontal pleats and a cinched-waist; a method to exaggerate a woman’s slim waistline.  A nod to the classic denim jacket, a satiny, over-sized re-interpretation in color blocks is embedded into the collection.

 

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While Milan Fashion Week seemed to be marked by opulence, retro silhouettes and a return to couture, denim collections seemed to be conceived from another planet (save D&G‘s colorful handkerchief prints pieced with denim). The Dsquared2 collection for next season looks playfully urban chic.  We love the pompom finish on the denim shorts, as well as the dip-dye boot cut jeans—looking dirty never looked so good!

 

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Leave it to D&G to make foulard look so sexy! The whole collection centers on the print used as everything from killer shoes to blouses with denim details like pockets and full-on sleeves, to gorgeous summer evening dresses. This is the great au revoir to D&G as it will be combined with the Dolce & Gabbana brand after this season.

 

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Also at MFW, the Bottega Veneta Men’s Collection combined leather and denim for a completely hot look, although we do have to say that we’d like to see those pieces as separates. We like the denim on denim style here also, which we think really only works thanks to the dark wash and minimalist detailing. The real eye-catcher was the tye-dye denim pants that almost look spray painted on. We love it on the runway but aren’t sure how well these would work in the real world.

 

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In contrast to Roberto Cavalli‘s golden flapper dresses and couture detailing, his more casual Just Cavalli collection presented leather and metallic jeans styled in a Euro-Boho ensemble.  There was some heavy-handed embroidery and pocket detailing, but the denim peasant blouse was one of the few separates we felt was worth a second look.  The entire collection boldly displays some of the season’s hottest trends: python patterns and metallic jeans.

 

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While the Spring 2012 Fashion Weeks had some great looks, we hope designers such as Alber Elbaz, Hussein Chalayan, Stella McCartney and even Rick Owens will lend back their talents and generate new buzz for women’s denim. The relaunch of Kenzo in Paris, by the newly-appointed Creative Directors, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (Co-Founders of Opening Ceremony) who garnered rave reviews for their colorful fishnet print collection, showed creations which could easily be reinterpreted into denim. We know designers are inspired by denim, so we hope we get to see the actual textile play a more dominant role next season.

 

—Elyssa Linden, Kathy Ng Hassan & Sandoval Gomez

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Posted Oct 14 2011 in Denim News » Events
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