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Shopbop: Doing Denim

Whether it’s denim on denim or a dash of denim in an accessory, it’s fair to say we are denim hungry. Shopbop rounded-up a “New Directions in Denim Lookbook” with hints and splashes of denim that can’t be missed for this season. From some of our favorite designers, their round-up does not disappoint. Check out their lateset lookbook with some of the newest denim trends that will leave you wanting these pieces in your closet.

1. Citizens of Humanity Charlie Super Flare 2. Rag & Bone Enamel Skinny Belt


3. Jean-Michel Cazabat Ashanti Wedge 4. Rag & Bone Skinny in Metallic Rose

—Stephanie Powell

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Posted Apr 27 2012 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks

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!

Thakoon Addition Tulip Skirt

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.

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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 Finds: Skirting the Issue

Spring is here and before you know it summer will be right around the corner. So, there’s no better time than now to get those gams in catwalking shape.  Need a little incentive?  How about these sexy little denim skirts to show off the hard work.

How much more American can you get than with a denim miniskirt?  Although most of us think of the classic cut-off denim mini, the new American standard is anything but a DIY frayed number. Denim has come a long way, from florals to pleats and even a cross-over tulip, denim skirts are back in high style!

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Thakoon Addition Floral Seamed Mini Skirt, $390.00

Get in full bloom with this ultra-lightweight denim mini skirt with asymmetric seaming in a floral print.

Shop Thakoon @ LaGarconne

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Boy By Band of Outsiders Pleated Denim Skirt, $260.00

A chic modern sack skirt in high waisted pleated denim with gathers & inverted pleats.

Shop Boy by Band of Outsiders @ LaGarconne

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Wren Farrow Full Denim Skirt, $171.00

A cute denim skirt in a light wash and gold buttons for a 70s retro look.

Shop Wren @ Revolve Clothing

Mango Skirt L-M Querelle

Mango Skirt L-M Querelle, $59.90

The pleated draped denim tulip skirt goes mini.  Edgy, flirtatious and very sexy.

Shop Mango

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Mar 31 2010 in Denim Fashion

Aloha Rag + Thakoon Launch Party


cardigans2Normally, when I make my way down to Greenwich Street it’s usually because I’m driving through traffic hell en route to cross the Holland Tunnel, but now that those days are thankfully over, my only destination in that neck of the woods is to get to Aloha Rag.  A long time favorite store of mine, they have a location at 505 Greenwich Street (at Spring Street). The store is well curated with coveted brands such as Balmain, Margiela, Balenciaga, and Comme Des Garcons, to name a few.  I bought my lovely R13 jeans there that I absolutely love.

A regular customer and fan of Aloha Rag’s simple cardigans is Thakoon Panichgul, the Thai-born, Omaha-raised, design darling of Anna Wintour. Thakoon recently showed his Fall 2010 RTW collection at New York Fashion Week.  After a mention of Aloha Rag’s cardigans being a uniform for him in an interview, Aloha Rag contacted Thakoon and the rest is history.

cardigansLast night was the debut of his men’s wear collaboration with Aloha Rag of two plaid unisex cashmere cardigans. I had the pleasure of meeting Thakoon, and of course, he was sporting his current obsession, plaid. With the saying that “little is more”, Thakoon fans are left wanting more of what he has to offer to men’s wear.  Perhaps, this is a little prelude to something more to come.  We certainly hope so!

Fortunate for New Yorkers, Thakoon’s cardigans are only available at the Greenwich Street store, but you can shop for more Thakoon at Aloha Rag’s online store.

Shop Aloha Rag

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Feb 17 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Deal NYC: ‘Save Fashion’ Price Slash



Already in progress, Refiner29’s SAVE FASHION sales have slashed prices an additional 30% off on their high-end fashion offerings.  Get Acne jeans for $125 (Reg. $300).  Look for Stella McCartney, Thakoon, Vena Cava, Wren and Zimmermann.  Sale ends this weekend. 

Vena Cava coat,
was $850, now $175

Rebecca Turbow skirt,
was $300, now $104

Wren Jasmin front zip coat,
was $495, now $200

Kimberly Ovitz Motorcycle jacket,
was $625, now $219

Bruce jersey pant,
was $202, now $99

Now thru 11/22

237 Lafayette Street
(corner of Spring Street)


SUNDAY 11/22

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Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Nov 20 2009 in Uncategorized

WWD News: Thakoon Designs Cardigan for Aloha Rag, Minimal Intent: Rozae Nichols and Stella Ishii’s New Line, Off And Running: Alexander Wang

Happy Monday my fellow denimphiles!  

In today’s WWD breaking news, I’m highlighting three designers that I have in my closet: Thakoon, Rozae Nichols and Alexander Wang.  Three very different personalities and aesthetics, but all design gorgeous clothing.

Thakoon designs a cardigan for Aloha Rag’s private label.  Aloha Rag, has been my long time go-to online shop for designers that I love such as Henrik Vibskov, Martin Margiela, Comme des Garcons, Balenciaga, Lanvin and more.  Since they opened their free standing store in NYC, it’s been a nice shopping destination for catching up with what’s hot and in trend.  Lucky New Yorkers will be able to snag Thakoon’s cardigans as the NY store will only carry Thakoon’s cardigan, to drop in February.

Rozae Nichols starts a new collection called Ian with long-time friend Stella Ishii.  I own a few dresses from Rozae Nichols and always love the added little details that she puts on her clothing.  Her clothes are often simple and feminine with a touch of tactile stimuli both to the fingers and the eyes. In Nichols and Ishii’s Ian collection, they go minimal keeping things more basic, but always chic.

Alexander Wang continues his successful career in 2009 with footwear, eyewear (with the fantastic Linda Farrow),  a cheaper line called T and a menswear line.  A great basic dress to have in your closet from his T collection is the Stretch One Shoulder Dress.  Dalexander-wang2ress it up or down, wear it alone or over leggings or jeans.  There are a multiple number of ways you can rock this dress and at only $95, it’s a great buy!

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Read the WWD articles below.

–Nikki Cho Russo


Thakoon Designs Cardigan for Aloha Rag



Thakoon for Aloha Rag. Photo by Courtesy Photo

Aloha Rag??™s new private label is going to include a series of designer collaborations, and first up is a men??™s cardigan by Thakoon, the designer??™s first foray into men??™s wear but surely not his last. 

???I??™m dying to do men??™s wear, I really am,??? said Thakoon Panichgul. ???I think it would be so fun. I always have guys asking me when I??™m going to start. I think maybe in a year. Maybe.??? 

As reported, Tatsugo Yoda??™s Aloha Rag boutiques are launching a private label collection for spring that is available for wholesale as well. But the designer collaborations, which will include women??™s in the future, will be exclusive to Aloha Rag stores, located in New York and Honolulu. Only the New York unit will carry the Thakoon cardigan, arriving in February. 

???I love seeing designers create pieces that are outside of their comfort zone. At the end of the day, they are artists and my boutique is their gallery,??? said Yoda. 

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Minimal Intent: Rozae Nichols and Stella Ishii’s New Line



A look from Ian. Photo by Thomas Iannaccone

Two years ago, Stella Ishii visited the Dia:Beacon art museum in upstate New York with a close friend, designer Rozae Nichols. ???We saw [the work of] this conceptual artist Fred Sandback,??? recalls Ishii, president and founder of The News Inc., a downtown Manhattan showroom for young designers. ???There??™s a beautiful piece there where he defines space with thread.??? Something about those string sculptures, set against a spare, white-walled room, ultimately stuck. 

Fast-forward to spring 2010. Sandback has become the unlikely first muse behind a new contemporary collection launched by Ishii and Nichols, dubbed Ian. Look closely at the simple shirts and sheath dresses, for instance; there are subtle, stray lines tracing from front to back and side to side, reminiscent of Sandback??™s work. ???The world of conceptual and minimalist art is a really strong comfort zone for me,??? explains Nichols. ???It will continue to be a strong point of reference for the collection.??? 

rozae-nichols2Contemporary art also lies at the root of the co-founders??™ relationship. Ishii is married to an artist; Nichols, to an art director. The two were introduced nearly two decades ago by Los Angeles gallerist Marc Foxx. ???[Foxx] wanted me to see [Ishii??™s husband??™s] work,??? says the Los Angeles-based Nichols. ???I got a [mixed media piece] of his that day. We have been friends as two couples, sharing a dialogue of all the things we love in art and architecture, for all these years.??? 

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Off And Running: Alexander Wang


alexander-wangAlexander Wang is ???super psyched.??? It??™s early October in Paris and Wang, on a phone interview as he navigates his way through the city??™s winding streets, is talking about attending his first fashion shows in Europe. First up is Valentino, less than three hours away. Tomorrow comes the juggernaut, especially for this longtime Marc Jacobs fan and former intern: Louis Vuitton at the Louvre courtyard. ???I can??™t believe I??™m able to go,??? enthuses Wang, 25. ???I feel like I??™m a student sneaking into his show.???

 A decade ago, that very well might have been the case. Growing up, Wang was the clich?© fashion hound??”waiting by the mailbox after school for his fashion glossies to arrive, eagerly following his mom on shopping excursions and, once the Internet hit, obsessively following the collections online. Wang was so enamored with the industry, its bold-faced movers, models and shakers, that the San Francisco native used to scour eBay for tickets to the CFDA and VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, too.

Plenty has changed. Wang heads his own self-financed $20 million firm and, in five short years, has positioned himself as one of the more visible movers and shakers of fashion??™s next generation. His name already spawns off its own adjectives and nouns??”???A wangster,??? writes Dublin-based blogger Ana K., ???is a skinny urban girl who lives each day according to the gospel according to Alexander Wang?????”and the early ???Model-Off-Duty??? catchphrase of his, once used to describe Wang??™s signature easy, nonchalant look, is common industry lingo now.

And 2009 has become a year of major progress. Wang launched footwear, eyewear (with Linda Farrow), an e-commerce site, a secondary line called T and his first formal entr?©e into men??™s wear within that. He??™s making inroads internationally, too: Wang recently was named the hottest international designer brand in a survey by Japanese newspaper Senken-Shimbun??”double the votes of runner-up Givenchy??”and just introduced his own in-store shop at Selfridges in London. Also, Wang, in his second nomination, nabbed this year??™s CFDA Swarovski Award for emerging women??™s wear designer.

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Posted Nov 09 2009 in Uncategorized
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