Skinny Jeans Aren’t Dead Yet

by Kristen Philipkoski

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Despite murmurings across the fashion internet (including on this very site), the skinny jean is not dead. That’s according to denim expert Amy Leverton, denim trend forecaster at WGSN. She has predicted denim trends for the past eight years, and tells The Debrief skinnies aren’t going anywhere just yet:

The skinny still constitutes over half of sales. It’s easy for people in fashion to think it’s over, but actually for the wider public, who are only just becoming comfortable with boyfriend jeans, it can take a really long time for styles to come in, or out.

She should know, she literally wrote the book on denim: Denim Dudes was published in February, the paperback is available as of March.

So don’t chuck your skinnies just yet—or any jeans ever, according to Leverton: “There’s always something you can do with denim, it can change with you, from adding patches, to unusual stitching, to embellishing with sequins and eyelets.”

Denim Maxi Skirts: Your Go-To for Spring

by Kristen Philipkoski

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Kenzo Stone-Washed Denim Flare Skirt; Preen Line Celina Denim Skirt

I’ve only been at this gig for a couple weeks and we’ve already discussed the ’70s trend a few times. There’s no denying it’s one of the biggest influences for getting dressed right now. One item in that category that I love seeing is the denim maxi skirt. I particularly love the Saint Laurent patchwork version—it’s looks straight out of Woodstock (OK that was in ’69). And you can be sure you’ll witness this style repeatedly at this year’s music festivals.

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Saint Laurent Denim Patchwork Skirt

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Paul and Joe Alcove Stretch Denim Maxi Skirt

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Further proof that the trend is going strong? This $813 Chloe skirt is sold out.

Greetings, Fellow Denim Lovers!

by Kristen Philipkoski

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Photo by Jennifer Henry-Novich

You may have noticed a new byline (mine) around these parts, and I thought perhaps I should introduce myself. My lovely friend Jennine has moved on from blogging, and I’m stepping in to attempt the difficult job of filling her stylish shoes. My obsession with denim, and writing will hopefully help me in this endeavor.

I’m also editor over at Independent Fashion Bloggers (again trying my best to fill Jennine’s shoes!), I write about luxury style and design at Forbes.com, and I have a personal blog called Stylenik (where you’ll find gratuitous photos of my toddler and me, both of us often wearing denim). But for all things denim and only denim, stay tuned here. I’ve got lots of reviews, features, trend alerts, designer interviews, and other musings on deck that I hope you’ll be into. It’s awesome to meet you!

Joan Smalls x True Religion Capsule Collection Is Already Selling Out

by Kristen Philipkoski

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Get it while it’s hot—the Joan Smalls x True Religion capsule collection just dropped this week, and items are already selling out. The supermodel cum designer’s first collaborations includes 16 pieces featuring cropped sweatshirts, denim leggings, a bralette and high-waisted briefs. Smalls told Style.com that she wanted every woman, not just those with model bodies, to feel comfortable and empowered in her clothing:

I was very conscious that it doesn’t matter what body type you have. These will still look good on you and they’re still flattering––because not everyone has model legs or my shape, but when other women try it on, they accentuate your butt and it looks nice, it feels tight in the right areas. You feel more confidence—I think that plays a big part, how they look and feel.

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She says the leggings are super soft but “tight in the right places.” I’m loving the charcoal color, but alas, they are sold out!

Check out some of the pieces here, and buy them exclusively at the True Religion website or at TR stores. Prices range from $58 to $258. If you find yourself craving something, better snap it up fast!

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The Highest High-Waisted Jeans You Can Buy

by Kristen Philipkoski

With ’70s bohemian style all over the runways and spring trend guides, I have high-waisted jeans on the brain, bigtime. I couldn’t be happier, because high-rise styles, if you find the right fit and fabric, can really suck you in in a girdle-like fashion (but comfier). No more muffin tops! Even more relaxed styles can be flattering because they make your legs look super long. The higher the better seems like a good motto as the seasons change, so I’ve rounded up some of the highest I could find below.

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Left to right: Rag & Bone High-Rise Marilyn; Rag & Bone The Justine Wide-Leg jeans, MM6 Denim Wide-Leg Cropped Jeans; Frame Le High Flare jeans; Koral High-Rised skinny jeans; 3×1 W4 High-Rise Cropped Boyfriend Jeans

Citizens of Humanity Gets Hippified for Free People

by Kristen Philipkoski

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Citizens of Humanity has designed an exclusive line of jeans for Free People, and the results are festival-ready with wide-legs, frayed hems, well-placed bleach marks and bohemian prints. Predictable, perhaps, but not boring! The five styles include three pedal-pusher lengths, one of which is a white denim, and two bell-bottom styles. Patterned fabric peeks through strategically-placed holes, and if you’re still feeling that boyfriend vibe, one style features a dropped crotch. Prices range from $218 to $248. Check them all out below!

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7 Ways to Wear Denim if You Hate Jeans

by Kristen Philipkoski

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I have a friend who calls herself “secretly sixty.” She’s firmly in her thirties, but has the heart—and style—of a very chic, decades-older woman. She never, ever, wears jeans. She swears she’s uninterested in denim of any kind, but I’m convinced she could any one of these pieces and still feel like her secretly sixty self. As we all know, designers can get extremely creative with denim, and some of their creations are positively polished.

Clockwise from top left: 1. Line II Dion Lee Stripe Denim Hybrid Sleeveless Top; 2. Band of Outsiders Denim Dot Tank Dress; 3. Diane Von Furstenberg Gemma Denim Jersey Skirt; 4. Alice + Olivia Palm Cropped Jacket; 5. Suno Floral Print Denim Trousers; 6. Anniel Soft Oxfords; 7. RumbaTime Soho Denim Watch

Denim on the Streets of Paris Fashion Week: Fall 2015

by Kristen Philipkoski

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The fashion army has moved the troops to Paris. It’s the final battle for the fall 2015 shoes, and it’s a little more than halfway complete. One clear victor (have I taken the metaphor far enough?): denim! We saw plenty of high rise and a smattering of high water versions. The seventies influence was strong, with lots of wide-leg and bell bottoms. Interestingly, we’re seeing fewer shredded styles, but lots of unfinished or seemingly ripped-out hems. And it’s clear that while denim was born in America, the French put a certain je ne sais quoi spin on denim styling from which we can all learn a thing or deux.

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A rarity: Olivia Palermo in jeans. Photo via InStyle/Getty

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Photo via Harper’s Bazaar

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Jeanne Damas via Harper’s Bazaar

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Veronika Heilbrunner doubles up on Chloe denim, photo via Harper’s Bazaar

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Photo by Adam Katz Sinding via W
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Photo by Adam Katz Sinding via W

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Learn (in 4 Minutes) How Jeans and Music Launched Gap’s $1 Billion Retail Business

by Kristen Philipkoski

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The Gap launched in 1969 to sell just two things: jeans and records. Founders Don Fisher and his wife Doris even considered calling it Pants and Discs (in which case things might have turned out differently). Instead they called it the Gap, representing the gap between the Silent Generation and Baby Boomers. 45 years and countless celebrity TV ads later, the billion-dollar retail business has become an iconic American brand and acquired a few others. Learn the whole story in four minutes in the video below.


The Denim Empire: See The History Of Gap In 4… by FastCompany

Denim Street Style Roundup: Milan Fashion Week Fall 2015

by Jennine Jacob

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Before we get too involved with Paris Fashion Week, let’s take a minute to review what was on the streets of Milan. One thing is for certain, the Italians have always done that 70’s look like no other city. It’s like they are the purveyors of all things 70’s. On the streets however, the style is all about the mix. A little hint of 70’s like with a flared jean, a shaggy faux fur coat, or a denim shirt dress, all layered with very contemporary pieces like a cocoon coat, or a wild color fur. The trick is to not dress head to toe 70’s… ok, that’s easy. Now, what piece should I wear that’s IS the 70’s?

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Milan Fashionweek FW 2015 day 2,

 

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A Love is Blind · Collage Vintage · NYMag · Style.com · Vogue.com · W Magazine • Harper’s Bazaar

 

Icons in Denim: Elvis Presley

by Jennine Jacob

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Pairing Rock and Roll with denim is kind of like pairing peanut butter and jelly. But for some reason when it comes to the King of Rock and Roll, it seems that the pair is not as straightforward as it might seem. Elvis Presley is quite known for wearing jeans (that Andy Warhol painting has him in denim). In Jailhouse Rock he’s wearing denim. But he mostly just wore jeans for film.

That said, he’s as timeless as it gets when it comes to his double denim style. I’m saying this, because I used to be one of those people who said they “didn’t like Elvis” Until I happened upon a Greatest Hits CD, and realized that I loved every song on it. Suspicious Minds? So good!

 

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Denim at Milan Fashion Week: Let’s Juxtapose

by Jennine Jacob

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“Juxtaposition” was my favorite word in college. It pretty much summed up my approach to everything. Putting things that don’t normally go together and snuggle them up. That’s the denim vibe this year in Milan. When London skipped over the denim beat, Milan integrated denim in a very different way. From straight-up preppy of Comptoir des Cotonniers to the dystopian future of MM6 Maison Martin Margiela. Others juxtaposed right within the collection, like DSQUARED2 by placing Native American inspired with European posh. Au Jour Le Jour did something different by taking the 1960’s psychedelia and J-Crew bedazzled their denim (you know what I’m talking about, jeweled sweatshirts!) Anyway, it’s a fun mix this year, and can’t wait to see how it manifests in Fall.

 

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