Looking for a way to punctuate jeans other than the generic crop or cuffed hem? These skinnies were shredded to perfection, a few strands flying free, and cut just above the ankle so they’re not quite cropped, but short enough to give room to the epic shoes and (possibly proportion inspiring) bee tattoo. And by the way, isn’t that more refreshing than a butterfly? We thought so too.
Image via Jak & Jil.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: bee tattoo, chunky heels, cropped jeans, denim trends, jak & Jil, shredded hem, shredded jeans, skinny jeans, Spring 2011
Need a chic denim bag to carry your stuff around this spring? These large denim bags that are normally over $200, but right now you can score one for under $100 on Gilt. Available in dark denim and acid washes. And seriously, an oversize acid wash denim bag? Is that not what you’ve been wanting? We know we have. All of these bags include 100% recycled sand faux suede lining interior with a PDA, cell phone pocket and zip pocket. Check them out below.
Portland Denim Convertible Satchel ($74) – buy it at Gilt.
Nico Denim Convertible Satchel in dark wash and acid wash ($74) – buy it at Gilt.
Santogold Denim Convertible Shoulder Bag ($68) – buy it at Gilt.
Gilt is a members only shopping site, but today Denim Therapy is giving three lucky readers invites to shop the insane sample sales they offer, from home decor to fashion and back. Just be one of the first three people to email our editor, and write a sentence or two about how you would rock this bag!
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: accessories, denim bag, denim satchel, denim tote, eco-friendly, Gilt, sample sale, Spring 2011
Yesterday we stopped into the Nudie Jeans Co. showroom in New York for the press preview to see what they’ve been brewing for upcoming seasons. If you’re following the Raw Denim Project, you know that Gordon’s jeans are Nudie and everyone at DT is a huge fan of the brand. We were met with piece after piece of gorgeous eco-friendly denim in exciting new washes, sensible and soft knit separates, Japanese fabrics, brilliant color stories in plaid workshirts, and plenty more. Here’s a summary of what we discovered…
The Nudie fw’11 collection was divided on three racks: Khaki, Indigo, and Black. This is the first season Nudie is using a dedicated design team for the collection (separate from the core denim line).
The results? A vibrant, cohesive story that backs up the Nudie brand seamlessly.
Indigo being the integral denim component, it featured jackets and jeans with accompanying knit T’s and indigo-check workshirts. Eco-washes were abound. The process by which the denim is treated, distressed, dyed and washed is completely kind to the environment. No chemicals are used. We were especially enamored with the colors in the Japanese plaid button-ups and verticle pleats in the denim jackets. The lab jackets (hand distressed and up there on the price scale, with good reason) looked like they’d been worn (with love, affection, and adventure) for years.
The Khaki collection is full of great transitional separates based on preexisting fits, with industrial peasant-esque knit tops and innovative outerwear. Think jackets that come apart at the lining so they can be worn on the coldest winter day or for an evening at a New England beach. Subtle details like leather patches gave it an exclusive feel.
The Black collection really got us going. A classic Nudie offering, denim coated with dry black paint in both jeans and jackets, is a canvas for the customer to de-construct according to their own lifestyle. Fibers already peering through the paint in the knee area, you could almost imagine how glorious these would look after six months of wearing them (maybe we should give Gordon another half-year assignment?).
The denim collection is, as always, based on the key concepts of eco-consciousness, and a garment that grows, ages, and molds with its wearer. Nudie jeans are purchased with a guarantee that the wear and natural distress caused by enjoying a pair of jeans will create additional character and stories on the surface and in the fit. The signature orange thread has been adapted to different locations (such as on the inside collar and at the hem, sometimes the back pocket), with other indigo threads appearing as well. A sophisticated step, detail-wise.
The backbone collection, which we introduced you to upon launch, was soft enough to sleep in and promising in its versatility. The 100% organic collection (produced via 100% organic methods) is comprised of 11 basics that cover ever base. We couldn’t help but ruminate over styling a photo shoot in these luxe basics, male and female models alike.
Check out more photos of the line below, and stay tuned for more Nudie fall 2011 coverage.
Want to get your hands on some Nudie? Shop online!
—Michelle Christina Larsen & Jackie Racer. Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras (nightlifebaby.net).
Tags: eco friendly denim, Fall 2011, japanese fabric, nudie jeans co, press preview, raw denim, Spring 2011
Model Katie Fogarty embodies a college girl’s preppy-chic, sans-hangover & frat house boyfriend in Elle Russia’s April 2011 issue. The ultra cool denim separates come direct from the likes of Isabel Marant, Tommy Hilfiger, and Paul & Joe. We love the red graffiti inspired denim paired with the navy blue oversized pullover (would we wear it? Yes.) and the chambray shirt donned with the lettermen jacket. The denim shorts, one styled with lace up oxford booties and tube socks, the other with a striped navy and white leather belt, with a two toned yellow and white shirt, gives shining new potential to the nerdy bookworm’s summer digs. Forgarty’s tousled side swept curls, pull together this preppy look, leaving us wondering whether we should crack a book or two this afternoon!
Images via Ru-Glamour.
— Ashlee Mellowes
Tags: Classic denim look, denim shorts, Elle Russia April 2011, Isabel Marant, Katie Fogarty, Paul & Joe, preppy fashion, Spring 2011, Tommy Hilfiger
Blogger and fashionista Maddison effortlessly rocks a pair of J brand skinny jeans with an H&M cropped striped sweater in this picture-perfect street style snap. We’re infatuated with the fire engine red denim, topped off by the subtle white nautical sweater. Saturated color and high-contrast work well for both street style photos and real life. Colored denim can look like a costume if you don’t play your styling cards right. Here we have the perfect balance between “sex kitten” and “girl next door”. The open toe Dolce Vita wedges add a dash of height and elongation to her legs (and who doesn’t love that?), to complete the ultra-pretty ensemble.
Interested in seeing more of Maddison Rothery? Check out her lookbook page.
Tags: american vintage, colored denim, cropped top, H&M, J Brand Jeans, Maddison, nautical stripes, skinnies, Spring 2011
Missed out on any of our stellar denim coverage this week? We make catching up easy with our round up of the most exciting blog posts we cooked up for you in the past seven days, with denim news, links, campaigns, and more. You’re welcome!
1. Exclusive Q&A With David Lim of Kasil Denim—Last week we introduced you to Kasil Denim’s super-wearable SS’11 line, and today we have a one-on-one with designer David Lim to find out what goes on behind the Kasil curtain…
2. G-Star Raw’s Griff Arc Suit in Raw Denim—In stores now and for a limited time: G-Star has produced the Griff Arc suit in raw denim. It’s a strapless denim romper cut in roomy arc legs and bodice top…
3. Twenty8Twelve Spring 2011 Lookbook—Brainchild of sisters Sienna and Savannah Miller Twenty8Twelve has created quite the buzz over the last few seasons, and for good reason too. It’s just the right look for any girl with who wants that romantic bohemian vibe with a hint of rocker chick appeal…
4. Carmen Kass In Denim & Lingerie for French Vogue—Top model Carmen Kass gets her sexy on in nothing but her skivvies and denim in the latest issue of French Vogue…
5. What To Wear To SXSW—The big SXSW music festival kicks off today, and if you’re still ripping through your closet trying to figure out what to trek through five days of live music, crazed dance parties, and stellar networking opportunities? We’re here to help!
6. Lover AW 2011 Wide Leg Jeans—Australian fashion label Lover released their Autumn-Winter 2011 collection, revealing a fabulous line of sophisticated separates and outerwear that would make any girl look amazing in their jeans…
—Denim Therapy Staff
Tags: best denim blogs, Carmen Kass, david lim, denim news, denim trends, french vogue, kasil denim, lover jeans, Spring 2011, SXSW, Twenty8Twelve
The big SXSW music festival kicks off today, and if you’re still ripping through your closet trying to figure out what to trek through five days of live music, crazed dance parties, and stellar networking opportunities? With a touch of denim styled into your look you can’t go wrong, and we’ve got your last second style guide. So grab your SXSW schedule, a couple fun-loving friends, and get ready to rock!
Option 1 – Rock’n’Roll! Featuring Taylor Momsen performing in Denimocracy Zip Crotch Jeans.
Arden B. Cambridge Rip and Repair Bootcut Jean (on sale for $69) – buy it at Arden B; ASOS Fingerless Lace Gloves ($12) – buy it at ASOS; Topshop Moto Denim Cropped Waistcoast ($65) – buy it at Topshop; Nasty Gal Shield Shades in neon pink ($48) – buy it at Nasty Gal Vintage.
Option 2 – Bohemian Nights. Featuring ensemble by Spell Designs.
Wildfox – Women’s Light Blue Friday Night Shorts ($145) – buy it at Kitson; Nasty Gal Sea Breeze Top ($68) – buy it at Nasty Gal; Native American War Bonnet Feather Headdress, Reproduction ($125) – buy it at Amazon; Michael Kors Fringed flat suede boots ($760) – buy it at Net-A-Porter.
Option 3 – Downtown Editor. Featuring NYLON Magazine‘s features editor, Rajni Lucienne Jacques (shot for Refinery29).
Pins and Needles Chiffon Maxi Skirt ($54) – buy it at Urban Outfitters; Contrast Combat Boots ($35.80) – buy it at Forever21; Jil Sander Silk-blend coat (on sale for $577.50 – 65% off!) – buy it at The Outnet; Blank Boy Blue Denim Shirt ($108) – buy it at Free People.
Don’t forget to share your SXSW outfits and experiences with Denim Therapy on facebook! And if you rip a big hole in your favorite pair of jeans, you know we’ve got your back with our expert denim repair services too.
—Denim Therapy Staff
Tags: denim guide, nylon editor, Rajni Lucienne Jacques, shopping guide, Spring 2011, styling guide, SXSW, what to wear to sxsw