Hudson jeans, designed by Ben Taverniti, is gearing up to launch four capsule collections this April and May at Barneys New York, Jeffrey, and other boutiques. The four collections offer something for everyone: the “Minimalist” reduces jeans back to the purest and simplest state but has quilting accents to add depth; “Resurrection” offers recycled Hudson denim that is cut and re-engineered into new, one-of-a-kind pairs; and the “Subversion” adds of-the-moment military-inspired details, like cargo pockets, to skinny jeans. But my favorite new Hudson collection this season is “D.I.Y.”
The “D.I.Y.” jeans are meant to look as if you took apart a pair of everyday jeans and hand-styled and re-sewed them into something completely different. They have exposed flies, cut waistbands, holes, and zippers that run up the thighs. I have a pair with exposed darts running down the back of my thighs, and this is the first time I’ve seen a sexy detail like this in denim. Although the jeans run about $995 for the “Resurrection” collection and between $215 and $325 for the others, they’re investment pieces that you’ll wear repeatedly because of their unique construction and quality fabric. And just because Hudson jeans cost a pretty penny doesn’t mean everything you wear them with has to be designer. Check out how I styled my pair with lower-end items that were already in my wardrobe. Keep reading »
Jeggings just got some competition in the “what’s fuglier?” contest. Behold Stella McCartney‘s “denim printed” leggings. They’re part of her line for Adidas, so we assume the idea is that you wear these to the gym? Really?
To get more specific, the description says that these are actually tights, but since they’re footless, we wonder if they’re closer to tights or leggings. This now challenges one of our firm fashion rules: Tights are not pants. But what if your tights are printed to look like pants? Still no. [Adidas.com] Keep reading »
Could this be a sign that the recession is over? After closing shop a few years ago, fancy jeans company Paper, Denim & Cloth is officially back in business! They launched in 1999 and found success with their designer denim, but with the money woes of America, left the industry for a bit. However, now the brand is promoting a new collection for the spring 2010 season, which means that the jeans are making their way back into stores, and into the closets of PDC fans. Along with their return to the world of fashion comes not only their newest creations, but also new price points. Where once they sold $200 jeans, you’ll now find denim at half the price and skirts at around $60. A comeback and lower prices? What’s not to love? [Second City Style] Keep reading »
We may roll our eyes at $400 jeans, but here are some real high-fashion denim wares that have a (more) legitimate price tag. French couture house Lanvin has teamed up with the edgy denim label Acne to produce this impressive collaboration of cocktail dresses, skirts, tops, and jackets. After seeing “high-style” denim disasters from the likes of Britney and Jean-Paul Gaultier, we really didn’t think that anyone could use the material to make something gorgeous. We’re loving the sculpted details and oversized bows. Alas, we still can’t afford anything from the line, but we love to look. [AcneStudios.com via HighSnobette.com] Keep reading »
All you need to know:
- The boys from Brooklyn band Yeasayer, shirtless in all their pale, undefined, nerdy, hipster glory.
- Mason jars of beer and tequila.
- Tattered shreds of denim constructed as a dress and/or apron (they’re still not sure): “This is the ugliest boho dress ever … We didn’t know what we were supposed to be doing.”
Check out the oh-so-artsy end result after the jump. [BlackBookMag.com] Keep reading »
We know you own a lot of denim. So when you tire of those blue jeans, don’t just throw them in the trash. Gap recognized the fact that many people own multiple pairs of jeans, which adds up to a huge waste. So, in an effort to reduce and reuse, the brand teamed up with Cotton Incorporated to help the charity, Cotton: From Blue to Green, which takes old denim, turns it into UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation, and then donates it to those in need. From today until March 14, drop off your jeans at 1,000 stores in North America and Puerto Rico to donate your old jeans to a good cause. Of course, you’ll not only feel good about your charity work, but you’ll also receive a shopping incentive–30 percent off your next purchase of jeans! [WWD] Keep reading »
We’ve debated the idea of denim shorts and have even given advice on how to wear them, but recently I’ve been seeing a lot of denim short-shorts for spring. Did I miss something? I thought these were only for women at the beach and teen girls whose summer look consists of rubber flip-flops in every color to match their exposed bra straps. But, no. Denim short-shorts are now being marketed towards grown women and it seems retailers expect us to wear them … gasp! … on the street with high heels? What’s going on?
OK, in full disclosure, I’ll admit to wearing a pair of coochie-cutting denim shorts a few years ago, but I was away on a weekend of debauchery, the shorts were never worn outside, and I threw them away when I returned home. The short-shorts served their purpose, and I probably won’t wear shorts with such little fabric again. Will you wear denim short-shorts this summer? Keep reading »
As we watch them get ever thinner and tighter jeans certainly seem to be on a pretty clear trend path. Taking that notion to extremes, Topshop presents these “denim look” boyshorts (OK, so they’re not real jeans, but still). What would you call these? Denties? Junderwear? Jeanderpants? [$8, Topshop] Keep reading »
The Row, Elizabeth & James, Olsenboye, acting, writing, being generally fabulous … It’s not as if Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen actually need to add to their already A-list resumes. But ever the ambitious businesswomen, we weren’t surprised to hear that they’d crammed another professional activity in. The fashionable twins are launching a small luxury denim collection. Called Textile, the denim trio is technically part of the Elizabeth & James model, but nevertheless counts as a new endeavor with a new vision. The focus: styles the girls wore in high school. Talk about bringing back trends we now consider unpalatable, the designs go back to the early ’00s with worn, flared legs, and yes, even the baby boot cut! (We called it!)
What do you think of these Textile preview shots? Anything you’d drop a couple hundo on? [Grazia] Keep reading »
In yet another Levi’s collaboration (see Opening Ceremony and Cram Jam Chest), Brit it designer Henry Holland has embellished a denim jacket and blue jeans with black straps and gold hardware. As for whether or not we’re feeling it, well, we’re just gonna turn this one to the class. [Refinery 29] Keep reading »