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Timeless: Prince and Tamar in a Denim Shorts Suit in NYC’s Bryant Park

by Kristen Philipkoski

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I recently stumbled upon a video of Prince performing in Bryant Park in New York City in 2006. I wish I could have been there because 1. Prince rules, and 2. the back-up singer and tambourinist, Tamar Davi
s, is was wearing an incredible denim shorts suit.
 The other amazing thing is that this denim is so good that I had no clue what year the video was from until I checked! Prince’s pink suit isn’t bad either. Happy Friday everyone!

Photos via Whudat

Recycled Bag Brand Freitag Launches Compostable Denim

by Kristen Philipkoski

FRTG_Denim_Couple_02_YvesBachmann_RGB_HighResFreitag, the brand that has become known for its bags made from tarpaulin used in the trucking industry, has launched a line of rugged, five-pocket jeans that are 100% compostable. The jeans don’t contain rivets or polyester. The only non-compostable material is the metal buttons, and they can be easily screwed off for your composting pleasure.

The denim is made of a twill combination of 81% linen and 19% hemp, which Freitag calls “a masterpiece found nowhere else in the world of fashion and textiles.” That fabric makes the pants substantial: the men’s jeans weigh 19 oz. and the women’s weigh 17 oz.

The men’s are available now in blue and black for $245. The women’s version will be available in October; you can sign up at the Freitag website to get notified.

In addition to all that environmental goodness, these are some seriously good-looking jeans! Check out the lookbook below, and don’t miss the brand’s launch video featuring acrobats donning their denim on horseback!

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Diesel Takes the Athleisure Trend to Another Level With Actyvista Denim Leggings

by Kristen Philipkoski

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Diesel has a new fabric they’re calling Actyvista that lets you wear jeans to work out and not feel like you’re wearing a wet blanket. The company says the new fabric “has denim at its core” and combines the brand’s JoggJeans fabric (which offer the stretch of jersey and the look of denim) weave with ultra-fine yarns of the Skinzee, a fabric with excellent stretch recovery.

Together, they make Actyvista, which appears to be intended for exercise more than any other Diesel product. The denim leggings come in black and dark blue, and range in price from $198 for the cropped version and $228 for the ankle-length version. Please let me know if you try them, I’m dying to know how they feel!

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How to Make Your Own Les Copains-Inspired Denim Dress

by Kristen Philipkoski

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One of my favorite DIY bloggers, Riva la Diva, came out with a how-to for creating your own lovely, short-sleeved, pleated denim dress as inspired by a similar version by Les Copains (see the original here). I love 1. the length of the sleeves and 2. the nipped-in waist.

She makes it look easy! But, of course, it’s a matter of making the time and breaking out that sewing machine. Riva took hers on vacation to make this beauty—that’s dedication!

DL1961 Fall and Winter 2015 Lookbook: Fit for the Whole Family

by Kristen Philipkoski

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DL1961 unveiled its  fall/winter 2015 lookbook earlier this week. It includes a refreshing collection of denim styles for the entire family: men, women and kids. The campaign’s models include real-life jet-setting couple Josephine Skriver, who is also a Victoria’s Secret model who has walked runways for Chanel and Valentino among many others, as well as an LGBT activist, and her boyfriend Alexander DeLeon, lead singer for punk band “The Cab.”

Also featured is the Cergol familyincluding parents Greg and Marie and their attractive brood: Bruno, Francesca and Matteo. The campaign was shot in New York’s West Village by Matteo Montanari and styled by Havana Laffitte. Look for the images soon on billboards in Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as online the DL1961 website.

New styles in the collection include the Margaux, shown below on Josephine in leather in the color Backdraft—they’ll set you back $795. Other pricing hovers around the $200 mark. You’ll also find new additions to the Instasculpt family include the Danny supermodel skinny and Farrow ultra high-rise Instaslim.

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An Amazingly Chic Denim-Themed Wedding (Photos!)

by Kristen Philipkoski

photodesign_ai_044British artist Ian Berry has used denim fabric to create portraits of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Marlon Brando, Blondie, and more. He has recreated cityscapes of London and New York, depicted Brooklyn diners, subways, and bowling alleys—all using denim as the primary material. His body of work is incredibly unique and impressive.

But his ultimate work of art to date may be his own wedding. The denim-themed event took place on July 4 at a beautiful former farm on the Swedish coast overlooking the Oresund sea. In theory, a denim wedding could go very wrong. But this one avoided the Spears-Timberlake road by a very longshot. Ian and his bride Asa created a stunningly beautiful day, with the groom clad in a denim three-piece suit, the bridesmaids in denim-hued dresses, the groomsmen in denim ties, and pretty much every guest with a denim accent of some kind.
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The decor also incorporated denim accents, including lasered denim placeholders—the couple even had their own leather patch made for the big day. Obviously, we needed to know more about this amazing couple and their denim wedding. Read on for our exclusive interview and gallery below!

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1. The use of denim for your wedding is amazing! Ian, you work with denim to create your art… was it difficult to convince the bride to agree to a denim-themed wedding?
“I don’t remember really. I don’t think so. I think it was aways a given. I don’t even know if it wasn’t her idea (to get me hands on and involved in it maybe!) To be honest it was probably born out of me always saying I would do it in in a denim suit. She didn’t go for the denim dress idea though, which was a bit of a shame!”
2. What are some of the clothing and accessories that included denim on the big day? What was the most unusual?
“Well, I had on a denim suit that I had a tailor make for me. It was so hot though on the day (35C in Sweden) that the waistcoat saw the most of the day rather than the jacket. Åsa had on a satin dress after not wanting to have on the denim one. She did go for denim shoes though and her bouquet was wrapped in denim.
All the guests were asked to wear a hint of denim, and all of them did — with hats (my favourite being a vintage Lee Denim Union Made USA Railroad Conductor cap that I really want myself!) dresses, jackets, more shoes, handbags, hair accessories and of course flowers and ribbons. All in denim. In fact, I don’t think there was anyone actually wearing actual jeans. Many had been quite creative with it.
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The most unusual — well the most funny — was one guest came in crutches and had them decorated in ripped jeans.
The decor was denim, yes, but we didn’t want to go overboard. There was the cliche bunting of course, and then in certain sections we had them with signs on. All the place names were lasered into denim and the gifts wrapped in denim. The blue of the denim just complimented the lace and white of the table settings. We had our own leather patch made, and we had frames wrapped in denim for people to take pictures in.”
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3. How did you get started with your art, and how do you do it?
“It all started when I saw an old pile of jeans with all the different shades of denim. I had just made a collage at university with newspaper and thought I could apply the same idea but with the denim. While working with it I realised my own connection with denim, and then the rest just snowballed from there.
I make them using layers and layers of the different shades of denim, all cut up — using the varying washes of denim to build up the images. The rest is a secret. “
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4. How/where do you source your denim from?
“I get the denim from all over the place. I get lots of donations (so anyone reading now is very welcome to) I started by using my own, and then I got friends to donate, then it was their friends… Then I would look around vintage stores, charity shops and often if I liked them so much, would buy first hand. Now I get many sent, and boxes of them. Pepe Jeans sends me lots which is great as I love the washes they have — and as I get many of the same shade, the consistency helps.”
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6. Did you get any pushback from family members who didn’t think a denim wedding was a good idea?
“No, well not to my face anyway. I think to most it was an obvious theme and everyone seemed to have enjoyed doing it that way. I think most people there support me with the art I do and are really happy it has worked out. Åsa herself seemed to enjoy making a lot of the denim bits too and it was a nice thing to do together.”
7. Do you wear denim regularly?
“Yes I do, it is the clothes I feel most comfortable in. Am I an expert though? No. Many people think I am but sadly I am not. I have been on many occasions in a room with denim experts and I feel like an idiot. Of course over the years I have picked up more than the average guy on the street but I am only starting to become an denim geek. But for me it wasnt about that, it was about using a fabric that everyone feels comfortable with and you need not be an expert to enjoy. Give it another year or two though and maybe I will be.”
Peruse the gallery below for  more images!

Black Orchid’s Liquify Collection Promises Leaner, Longer-Looking Legs

by Kristen Philipkoski

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Black Orchid by Julien Jarmoune has released its Liquify collection, debuting a line of skinny  jeans made with a unique blend of lycra and T400—a durable stretch denim fabric, but with superior recovery that feels softer and smoother than other stretch fabrics. The brand says the denim will  enhance your shape and elongate your legs—never a bad thing.

The jeans come in a variety of washes, including various blues and grays, with zippers and distressed details that add some edge. All designs in the Liquify collection cost $190.

Also check out the summer sale happening now at Black Orchid, with prices as low as $66! Also check out the brand’s fall lookbook, with plenty of leather, including a pretty amazing pair of red leather jeans.

Here are some of my favorites from the Liquify collection, what do you think?

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Bloggers in Denim: Model Gizele Oliveira in Vintage Painted Levi’s

by Kristen Philipkoski

Welcome to Bloggers in Denim, where we highlight the best denim looks on our favorite bloggers.

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Granted, Gizele Oliveira is an incredibly gorgeous, Brazilian Victoria’s Secret model, so it’s no surprise that she looks good in her jeans. But she’s more than a perfect body and pretty face. Just take a peek at her Instagram feed and her blog and you’ll see that she has some serious style. That’s made evident here with these painted vintage Levi’s, which she scored at a vintage store in Paris. What a find! And the way she has styled them is on point. I love that she takes risks off duty and isn’t afraid to be edgy!

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Denim in Film: Grace Kelly in Rear Window

by Kristen Philipkoski

Welcome to Denim in Film! Check back weekly for movie stars looking amazing in their jeans (or other denim garments).
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Grace Kelly brings to mind chic evening gowns and princess-worthy elegance. But she was revolutionary in the 1954 film Rear Window co-starring Jimmy Stewart when she wore a men’s shirt, blue jeans and brown loafers. It’s her final outfit of the film, and on her, the toned-down look is utterly smoldering. The ensemble may be boyish, but she has clearly added her own personal feminine flair to the look. Remember the scene below? It’s just before she swaps out the book for the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

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An Exhibit in Reno Honors the Tailor Who Invented the First Levi’s

by Kristen Philipkoski

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Being a San Franciscan, I always took pride in the fact that jeans were invented right here in my hometown. But what I never knew is that, technically, jeans were invented in Reno by a tailor named Jacob Davis.

Levi Strauss had a dry goods and clothing importing business in San Francisco, when Davis, a regular customer, shared with him his rivet-reinforced denim “waist overalls.” He didn’t have the money to file for a patent, so he suggested that Strauss become his partner. They were granted the patent together, and Davis oversaw the manufacturing operation, according to History.com.

If you happen to be in Reno, an exhibit that opened this week at the National Automobile Museum titled “Denim: Cool Rags and Rides,” honors Davis, and features a collection of rare blue jeans from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Bonus: an early 1970s special AMC “Levi’s” edition of the Gremlin, complete with denim-upholstered will also be on display.

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The exhibit will run through November 6—let me know if you make it there!

The CLOSED Winter 2015 Lookbook: More Than Denim

by Kristen Philipkoski

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Closed may be known for its denim, but the brands designers don’t seem to be satisfied with focusing only on jeans, if the Spring 2015 lookbook is any indication. The high-waisted jeans remind me so much of Girbaud circa 1986, anyone remember that brand? They were the most expensive, most coveted jeans at the time. Just one girl in my high-school owned them.

In any case, I’m loving the military-inspired pants here, as well as the high waists and tapered ankles. See the entire lookbook here.

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Calvin Klein Jeans Gets Racier Than Ever in Its Latest Ad Campaign

by Kristen Philipkoski

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The latest Calvin Klein Jeans ad campaign is typically provocative, bringing both sexting and threesomes to the table. For me, it’s a bit of an insight into that confusing demographic called millennials. This is all normal to them… or maybe it was always normal to everyone, but now it’s just down in black and white? One of the sexters asserts: “A light threesome never hurt anyone.” Reading that and the rest of these (fictional) texts makes me glad texting and social media did not exist when I was a twenty-something.

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