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?
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!
“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.
What’s more is that AG and Alexa are going on a three-city tour, with stops in NY, LA & London, to promote the collection with three unique house parties. So if you’re in earshot of any of those three cities, I guess, know that someone somewhere is having a lot of fun wearing denim. Ha! That’s like every day. I can forgive that, because even though I am not sure what Alexa is famous for, she still is fabulous. And so are AG Jeans.
It’s hard not to love embroidered denim. And so does MOTHER Denim. While everyone is focusing on the retro looks of the 70′s, MOTHER reflects back to those hippy days of the late 60′s and early 70′s. Inspired by psychedelic art, this embroidered collection feels like it’s been in the Yellow Submarine.
Of course, I have my own memories of the 70′s. But mostly from a child’s eyes. The denim on the jacket reminds me of that trippy pinball song on Sesame Street:
But for those who cannot remember, and want something a little more every day… these denim shirts and embroidered denim shorts can be integrated in almost any wardrobe. The loosey fray short with embellishments to make any summer the summer of love.
Susan Sarandon is one of those timeless beauties.Casual, disheveled, probably one of the few who can almost have that Parisian effortless look without being, Parisian.
I once spotted her at this burger joint, she was sitting directly across from me. Being the fangirl I am, I instantly knew it was her and tried not to freak out, but freaked out, and it made her very uncomfortable. She covered her face because she knew I was staring. SO SORRY, SUSAN! Well, she wouldn’t be the only person I’ve made uncomfortable over the course of my life!
Anyway, the photos I did find of Susan in denim had the trademark open shirt, messy hair, this #iwokeuplikethis feel about them. Maybe that’s the key to being hot. Waking up and just going with the flow.
Believe it or not, I just purged most of my wardrobe. Everything except what I have actually worn in the last six months. Now, I only own six pairs of jeans. SIX! I used to have drawers of them, now I just have a hanging shoe organizer that holds each of my six pairs of jeans.
So, that said, I am buying a new pair of jeans for Spring. Which pair?
Knowing what I ACTUALLY wear, one thing is certain. High waisted skinny jeans are a MUST. Also, nothing communicates the feel of summer like a good light wash, and a heavy dose of distressing. The main think I’m considering is getting a pair with sliced knees. Here are my top four picks:
London has always been the wild child of the fashion weeks. This year, while they continued to keep their edge, things seemed a bit toned down stylewise. Maybe this is the anti-circus trend? Or maybe street style is just “normalizing” either way, one thing is for certain, I’m loving the denim on the streets.
The wide crop made it’s appearance in more than one place this year, both the frayed hem variety and the clean hem. There were some denim paneling, but mostly there were interesting “color blocking” made by denim washes, you know that look when you unroll a hem and the once-hidden folds are more indigo. That, but amplified.
I liked this season’s subdued looks. It just seems more “real.”
What do you do when you’re a former soap opera star, nephew to Ralph Lauren and acclaimed artist? Start a fashion line! This is what Greg Lauren has done. One may say that his work was slow to start, beginning in 2011 and taking four years to get recognized on Style.com (like, totally, that’s when you’ve “made it” as a fashion designer!) With so many careers under his belt, it’s easy to see how he’s able to marry several aesthetics in some kind of cohesive manner with his 2015 collection. A bit of military, a bit cowboy, a bit zombie apocalypse, Lauren’s sartorial dystopia is a far cry from his “All American” uncle.
I’m loving how the patchwork denim is not merely patches on traditional styles of jeans. The jeans are tailored, patched, destroyed, and tailored some more. Kind of reminding me of that franken-jean we talked about a few weeks ago. Only, this is no DIY project, but that of a skilled artisan. Not bad, and once the zombie apocalypse breaks out, I’ll be first in line to get a bite out of this collection.
Carine Roitfeld is probably one of the most fascinating people in the fashion industry. She first was discovered on the streets of Paris as a teenager. She dabbled in modeling in her early days only to writing and styling for French Elle for FIFTEEN YEARS before meeting Mario Testino in 1990 and when she collaborated with him. The magic that happened in their collaboration is what made the Carine we all know today. She been Editor in Chief at French Vogue, and she quit that. She started her own amazing fashion magazine. She’s continued to be a force in the industry now into her 60′s.
Because she only modeled for a relatively brief time in her early days before delving into styling, finding those rare photos of her in denim as a young fledgling fashionista is kind of hard. While she was gorgeous as a teen, with her high wasited denim shorts and wide legged jeans, you can see that she’s grown into her beauty rather than out of it. Such an inspiration!
The roughly 150 piece collection is marked by special cotton tops, gauze dresses, and embroidered jackets featuring a broad array of bright colors and bohemian inspired prints. Some highlights are one-of-a-kind denim pieces, including patchwork widelegs, painted denim cutoffs, and 4 pocket shortalls. The apparel heavy collection also features unique accessories, including oversized statement woven bags and leather sandals, ideal for the warmer months ahead.
I was personally impressed by the variety in the collection, well-edited, yet varied enough to find just the right thing to add to your 70′s wardrobe. The collection is available here, hurry, because it looks like it’s selling fast!
They said it last season… “the 70′s are coming.” So far, this is proving to be true in the denim roundup. The 70′s are everywhere. From Karen Walker’s 70′s smock, to See by Chloe’s patchwork flares, this is really going to be a thing.
I just have a question.. does this mean we’ll have to dig out our platform shoes again? Ug. I keep waiting for the platform shoe trend to just die already!
Jeans aren’t just for tee-shirts anymore. You can wear them with anything and nearly any occasion, if done correctly… eat, sleep, denim is about the woman who likes to dress up and wear her favorite jeans, just about any day of the week.
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