When it comes to denim trends from eras past, the ’70s had it all. From gorgeous faded washes to embroidery and romantic silhouettes, there are countless ideas to draw from. Self Service Magazine published an inspiring and sexy editorial for spring 2015, featuring model Malgosia Bela in high waisted, flare-leg jeans and worn-in tees, with a dash of luxe crochet and summer separates. Photographer Angelo Pennetta captured this perfectly nostalgic image of carefree glamour, making us crave summer (and maybe a viewing of Boogie nights) more than ever.
Wildfox has a serious talent for creating lifestyle lookbooks that emit an ethereal, youthful quality in line with their cozy and carefree clothing. A spectrum of pastels, flowers, layers of knitwear and mermaid hair are never far behind when you see the brand name on your screen, and this new fall lookbook is no different. Dubbed Sense & Eccentricity, this newest collection is styled with classic denim overalls and printed denim jackets. Stove pipe jeans and flare leg destroyed denim also make appearances. See some of our favorite shots from the series below.
A twist of humor is added too—the lookbook includes recipes for the perfect fried egg and homemade hot cocoa. And aren’t those the exact things you would want if you were snowed in with your BFFs in a mansion on a cold winter afternoon? We think yes.
See the full lookbook at Wildfox.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the first pair of women’s jeans last month, Levi Strauss &Co. has created a snapshot of the evolution of pants. The images attached take us through the many years and styles of a women’s changing wardrobe and the look that, for so long, was such a scandal. For a closer look into the women’s pants throughout history (many, of course, being Levi’s), check out Unzipped.
Lady Levi’s®, Lot 701, was first introduced in 1934. This image appeared in the first catalog. They were called “Dude Ranch Duds,” the company’s new separate line of western wear.
During World War II, many people visited dude ranches, as European travel was no longer possible. LS&CO. expanded its offerings of western clothing and always highlighted Lady Levi’s®. This is a catalog from the mid-‐ 1940s.
After World War II, the company started selling Lady Levi’s® jeans beyond the western states, where they soon became the uniform for the suburban mom. By the early 1950s, there was a change in attitude toward denim, which was now being seen as a fabric for leisure as well as labor. Trade magazines of the period make this very clear; in 1956 a writer for American Fabrics said that denim is in an “entirely new clothing category: it used to be work clothes, but now it’s work ‘n play clothes.”
By the mid-1950s, LS&Co. was making men’s and women’s clothing under the Casuals label. In 1955, the women’s Casuals line was so extensive it was given its own catalog, which was filled with the skirts, blouses, and “pedal pushers,” popular in films and in suburban backyards. The clothes were heavily advertised in magazines such as Glamour, Mademoiselle, and Seventeen.
In the 1960s, teenagers started to appear in advertisements reflecting the power of the Baby Boomer youth culture. In 1964, LS&CO. offered skinny stretch jeans for juniors, and these images appeared on in-‐‐store advertising cards that year.
Lady Levi’s® jeans were made for both mom and daughter in the 1960s and looked stylish on everyone. This advertising in store item is from about 1963.
The 1970s was all about personal expression and individuality. Fashion was one way people expressed themselves. Jeans in this era had a more groovy shape – and the open-leg flare style was an instant hit.
In the 1980s, the Levi’s® brand introduces the famous 501® jeans for women in 1981. The brand introduces stonewashing to women’s jeans just two years later in 1983.
In the 1990s, the Levi’s® brand offers a series of premium denim and continues to make a wide range of jeans – including the 501®, 550®, 512® Slim fits in an array of colors including the ever so popular white denim.
Today, 80 years after the birth of the jean for women, Levi’s continues to innovate to provide denim lifestyle solutions for women. In 2013, Levi’s introduced Levi’s Revel, a form-fitting jean with liquid shaping technology that shapes, lifts, and defines, with premium four-way stretch memory.
Images and captions via Levi Strauss & Co. Archives
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Few things seem to excite style mavens more than vintage Chanel, but when this vintage denim Chanel makeup bag hit Nasty Gal, it was an intense moment for all of us. Many of us clicked frantically to check our savings account balances, and debated whether this morsel was worth dropping $558 on. In the end, someone thought so, cause it’s since sold out. But we just couldn’t bring ourselves to do it.
…But seriously, how sweet would it be to pull out this baby in the ladies room when you’re powdering your nose?!
Whoever snagged it, you’re one lucky duck.
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Denim lovers in Brooklyn know of a little gem on Nassau avenue right at the fringe of Greenpoint and beginning of Williamsburg, where the brunch and dinner crowds form for Five Leaves and Nights & Weekends. Loren is a small white brick denim haven filled to its brim with made-in-Brooklyn jeans, vintage denim finds and related treasures like men’s accessories and a selection of women’s denim staples. Denim Therapy was invited in for a bottle of vodka (wrapped in a snug denim case, designed by Loren Cronk in a special collaboration with ABSOLUT) and some jeans-to-go. We finished the evening off with denim-themed cocktails at Nights & Weekends.
Check out the video for more on the ABSOLUT collaboration:
Stay tuned for photos of DT’s resident denim expert Raffael in his made-in-Brooklyn jeans!
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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