Model turned fashion blogger, Natalie Suarez, shows us how to rock a mean pair of boyfriend jeans on her blog Natalie Off Duty. The fit is tailored with ease and comfort and manages to channel the classic overtones of a true tomboy. She rocks them with a nautical twist, throwing in a striped top, navy blue beanie, and khaki trench coat. To get your own slouchy pair check out RUGBY by Ralph Lauren.
Images via Natalie Off Duty.
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Do you ever wonder what designers wear back stage at fashion shows? We scoured through the recent spring-summer 2012 fashion shows to see who should, might and could rock a pair of jeans, even under intense stress and poorly-ventilated conditions. One of the first names who came to mind were Rick Owens, Rad Hourani, Robert Geller, Frida Giannini (Gucci) and Sharon Wauchob (Edun); but sadly, they did not deliver. Mind you, most designers pop their heads out for only a few seconds before running back from whence they came. However, the photogs were able to capture these 15 designers who chose to take a bow in jeans. Who do you think rocked their look?
We were delighted to see Olivier Rousteing (Balmain), who looked more like a model himself wearing drop-crotch jeans; Kaiser Karl wearing wrinkled coated jeans; Olivier Theyskens (Theyskens’ Theory) sporting bleached denim shorts; and Sophia Kokosalaki—who wore saturated jeans—represented Diesel’s denim DNA even though her Diesel Black Gold collection offered nary a patch of denim to tide us over.
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—Kathy Ng Hassan
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Launching today: Ralph Lauren‘s empire just got even bigger with Ralph Lauren Black Label Denim, a premium denim range for men. “The collection features luxe, ultramodern denim for men in deep monochromatic hues bearing an industrial sensibility, with fashion-forward fits and signature accents. Iconic pieces such as peacoats, shirts and trenches are reinvented in the finest fabrics.” Expect to find skinny, classic straight legs, moto cross jeans, cargos, wide-leg pleated trousers jeans and even denim sport coats. Unlike Ralph Lauren’s previous, more conservative denim offerings, Ralph Lauren Black Label is trendier: waxy coatings, authentic whiskering and abrasions, oven bake processes, nicking and subtle pigment staining, over dyeing and pigment coatings.
As this is a full collection, men can also shop for complements in gauzy jersey knits, leather shirts, jackets in denim-blue, cashmere sweaters. The denim collection will retail between $225-$450 for jeans, with t-shirts and shirts from $80-$350 and outerwear from $395-$1,295. Ralph Lauren Black Label Denim is also available this week in select Ralph Lauren stores and department stores, as well as Ralph Lauren online.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
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No sooner than Ralph Lauren launches his new ?ber premium denim collection, he spins off Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, the new denim accessories line, available at Macys.com, Macy’s stores and at DenimandSupply.com, starting today. Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren “offers a new approach to denim and sportswear, capturing the weathered character of vintage inspired pieces.” This is a more laid back collection, capturing the spirit of individuality inspired by the artistic communities in Brooklyn and environs, while maintaining a rugged outdoors aesthetic which channels the lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest.
To shop this collection, go to Denim & Supply online.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
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Some people think denim doesn’t belong on the runway, but Ralph Lauren apparently disagrees. Remember back in February when Ralph Lauren announced his new luxury denim collection, which featured a pair of $2,000 jeans? We thought we would let that idea sink in a bit before revisiting the entire collection of jeans, jackets and couture-worthy denim pieces, such as a denim tuxedo—all at relatively lower price points. For luxurists who normally don’t “do jeans,” we think Ralph Lauren is making a good case against denim snobbery. What do you think?
Via Become Gorgeous. Photo credit: John Aquino for WWD.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
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Is Ralph Lauren trying to appeal to the masses? Not really. Talk of denim really makes headlines, especially when they cost (gulp) $2,000. We previously blogged about the most expensive jeans ever, but the new Ralph Lauren Collection will make the bold leap into luxury double denim chic by producing atelier-worthy denim tuxedos, trench coats and leather-like coated denim jackets. On-trend skinny, jegging, straight leg and trouser jeans will still be available. “This is really a new statement within our collection. It is Collection denim for the Collection customer. It’s not just a few pairs of jeans that we put into our collection. This is a whole concept unto itself,” said Ralph Lauren. The new luxury denim collection is set to drop in July, with prices ranging from $300 to $2,000. More about this collection plus more Ralph Lauren Denim Collection photos at Become Gorgeous.
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—Kathy Ng Hassan
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Using a predominantly warm color palette of yellows, rusty reds, browns, and even pink to cooler greys, crisp whites, and blues, designer Simon Spurr takes a modernized version of dapper British man, and takes him into The Big Apple. But don’t be fooled, having had stints at design houses such as Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, the U.K. native knows a thing or two about American style. So, what happens when the two worlds meet? We get an ultra luxe meets toned down, easy, modern aesthetic.
Among the preppy staples of three-piece suits, coats, and precisely tailored blazers, Spurr gets the cool factor by incorporating high quality, ultra-premium jeans. The perfect piece in any borderline foppish wardrobe. Here are our favorite denim looks from his Spring Summer 2011 collection:
Images from www.spurr.tv
Browse the rest of the collection, and more from Simon Spurr here.
— Sandoval Gomez
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Edun, the 100% organic, sustainable and ethically conscious fashion label founded by Ali Hewson (wife of Bono of rock band U2) is relaunching their website featuring products that benefit communities in Africa, including school children in Kenya.
Available are t-shirts with hand-drawn pictures from the children of Kibera, Kenya. 100% of the proceeds from these t-shirts will go to fund school needs such as food, healthcare and financial assistance.
Black and white graphic tees are part of “Grow To Sew”, an initiative by Edun, which apire to make African garments a sustainable industry. The proceeds will benefit the Conservation Cotton Initiative, which supports greater investment in sustainable and ethical production, fair trade and organic farming.
Hewson held a launch party for Edun’s pre-fall menswear capsule collection at Bloomingdale’s in NewYork last Wednesday. And for the women’s collection, continuing with the trend of patchwork jeans (also found on the runways of Chloe, Cheap Monday, Gap, Ralph Lauren, to name a few) and military styles, the pre-fall collection of Edun includes military-green jackets, adorable hemp short-suits, indigo-colored patchwork jeans, super soft tees, lightweight anoraks, and ruffled skirts. Edun will relaunch women’s at Barneys New York this week, and at Liberty of London and Merci in Paris later this month. And the company’s new designer, Sharon Wauchob, will debut her designs for Edun on the runways of New York in September.
–Nikki Cho Russo
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(Source: By SAMANTHA CRITCHELL AP Fashion Writer – ABC News)
Resurgence of `fashion’ denim: Styles for today, tomorrow and to wear together
Denim never goes out of style, but there are seasons when your old, reliable five-pocket jeans simply aren’t enough. This is one of those seasons.
The jeans legging ??” aka jegging ??” is still going strong, and denim designers are also talking up the chambray shirt, asymmetrical motocross jackets, cutoff shorts and, still, the boyfriend pant. There are trouser styles and waistcoats for work, and, “rip-and-repair” jeans are a must for weekends.
Ralph Lauren had overalls on the runway and showed jeans under an evening gown. Even babies are getting premium denim.
And a denim-on-denim outfit, sometimes considered a fashion faux-pas in the past, is a bona fide trend.
“The American denim look is everywhere ??” it’s in the air, it’s all over the world,” says Patrick Robinson, creative director at Gap. “The workwear feel is hot, especially for guys, and there’s a sexy look for women. … It’s about cool Americans and how they live and we’re trying to export that around the world.”
Denim is proving a strong springtime seller in stores, says Stephanie Solomon, vice president of fashion direction at Bloomingdale’s. She is particularly fond of the shorts and leggings paired with striped T-shirts.
“It probably has never had a larger impact on what we wear every day,” agrees Durand Guion, men’s fashion director for Macy’s. “We had gotten just about as casual as we can get without getting in our pajamas, so we’re looking to incorporate denim into our lives at least five days a week, but not just Saturdays. We’re looking to step it up. You can wear a button-down denim shirt with a tie.”
Helmut Lang co-creative director Nicole Colovos thinks people like that they can put their own spin on denim. And no pair of jeans looks the same on two different people.
“It’s so individual, from how you wear it in, how you style it. The fit is molded to your shape,” Colovos says. “You don’t want someone else wearing your jeans.”
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–Nikki Cho Russo
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