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The Raw Denim Project Gets Styled at Topshop


I always feel lucky to live in NYC whenever I step into Topshop. It’s a UK fashion institution, one that I spent A LOT of time at when I lived in London. With celebs like Kate Bosworth, Alexa Chung, and Selma Blair rocking their duds, and amazing designer collabs with Kate Moss and up-and-comings like Meadham Kirchoff and Ann-Sofie Back, it’s where I go when I want to feel truly on trend (and in the best way possible).

Last week I had a styling session for The Raw Denim Project with a few of their personal shoppers at Topshop’s only retail store in the US, located in Soho. My stylist Lexi Clayburn ran around the store with me, asking questions about my personal style and how I’ve been wearing my Jean Shop raw denim jeans. After I so eloquently told her to “have her way with me,” we came up with three fun outfits.

If you’ve been following our daily style posts on Tumblr, you know that the above outfit is something I’d definitely wear. The sheer mint blouse ($95) contrasts perfectly with the stiffer white linen jacket ($84). Such a great transitional spring to summer/work to play outfit!

Next week I’ll be blogging from Coachella. Although I’ll probably be cheating on my raw jeans with some denim cutoffs, this outfit would be great for some night-time parties.  This laser cut brown top ($70) has a suede feel and falls longer in the back. Paired with this cream fringed vest ($95), you’ve got an awesome mix of textures.

Most valuable advice I got for wearing my jeans? Wear shorter shirts! Although this may take me back to my awkward midriff bearing 90s years, this look is totally updated with higher-rise bottoms and looser shirts. The rust-colored crochet crop top ($75) is given a harder edge with a cropped black leather jacket ($110).

You can sign up for a personal shopping session with Topshop, too! Click here for more details. Special thanks to personal shoppers Melanie Abrahams, Laura Groudine, and Melanie Tojari, who also helped out with my looks.

—Renee Sykes

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Posted Apr 11 2011 in Denim Therapy » Raw Denim Project

The Denim Therapy Raw Denim Project: Week 3


For 6 months, Gordon and Renee from Denim Therapy are wearing raw denim jeans everyday, and documenting their experience on Tumblr. Every Friday you can follow their progression here. This was week 3 (see last weeks article here).

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Renee (jeans pictured above): I was forced to experiment with spot cleaning this week. Between taking out-of-town guests out to eat and March Madness, my Jean Shop jeans fell victim to a few unfortunate food spills. I hesitantly used water, a wash cloth, and a the tiniest dab of detergent to scrub at the spots.

Even though some indigo came off on my washcloth, there was no discoloration after the areas had dried like I had feared. After 3 weeks, I am starting to see some minor color fading on the corners of the back pockets and behind the knees.

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Gordon (jeans pictured above):  On Wednesday I fell, spread eagle, right at the sidewalk corner of 39th and 8th, no one else knew why I took such a huge fall, but I knew it was because of my shoe laces.  I was mostly afraid that my jeans had ripped.  They had not, but there is a small mark on my left knee to forever remind me of that hellacious fall.

Other news for my Nudies:  there is some new whiskering along the upper inner thighs which reminds me of puberty, the honey combs behind the knees and the ankle bunching are getting better and better, and my wallet has made its mark on the back pocket.

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Don’t forget to check out our Tumblr everyday to see how we’re wearing our jeans, and we’ll see you right here on the DT blog next Friday!

—Renee Sykes and Gordon Sims

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Posted Mar 25 2011 in Denim Therapy » Raw Denim Project
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