Marques Almeida, a young brand designed by partners Paulo Almeida and Marta Marques, kicked off the whole denim fray trend a few seasons ago. Also, have you seen those over-the-knee boots? Ruffle mania, outsized proportions and super puffy shoulders are a few other hallmarks of their denim play. And while they are still doing amazing things with denim, they seem to be steering away from the fabric in their most recent collection. So let’s enjoy their denim creations while we can! Here are some highlights from their spring and fall 2017 collections:
AG Jeans’inaugural Indigo Capsule Collection must have been a hit, because they’ve released a new season an it’s even better than the last. As a person who works from home, this is exactly what I want to be wearing, if at least to not still be in my PJ’s when the UPS guy comes or when the teen unexpectedly brings home a few friends after school.
The pieces can be layered with each other or with your existing wardrobe for a comfy look that says denim but feels like sweats. I’m all about comfort right now so BRING. IT. ON. Prices are approximately $150 – $300. Check out my favorites below and shop all the pieces here! Read More >
I have yet another gorgeous lookbook for you! It’s Frame’s pre-spring 2017 styles, and I’m loving the high-waisted jeans and skirts, plus the proper, buttoned-up blouses and nautical touches. The leather skirts are to-die-for, and I’m hoping that belt will be part of the collection because I want it 🙂 Happy peeping! Read More >
Calvin Rucker founders Caroline Calvin and Joie Rucker met in 1995 as designers at Levi’s in San Francisco. Calvin had come from François and Marithé Girbaud in the late 1980s and then led the LEVI’S European design team. She eventually returned to the States to spearhead LEVI’S Vintage Clothing, RED and men’s skinny jeans.
Rucker also has a formidable resume: she moved to Los Angeles in 1997 for a gig as VP of design and product development at Guess, then in 2001 left to launch Joie in 2001, then Rich & Skinny in 2006.
They brought their skills together in 2015 to launch Calvin Rucker, and it’s no surprise that denim plays a key role in their collections. Here are some of my favorite ensembles from their spring 2017 lookbook, entitled Rebel Belle and inspired by Billy Idol. Click through for all the looks!
Mavi and Victoria’s Secret model Elsa Hosk have come together for a collaboration entitled Indigo Move, and the pieces look super comfortable, which is the only type of clothing I can even think about wearing at the moment.
The pieces feature two new types of fabric from Mavi: Move, a knit that moves like denim and feels like a second skin; and Bi-stretch, which offers multi-directional stretch and is the most sweats-like.
The men’s collection includes six styles of pants including both jogger and traditional jeans silhouettes, as well as four jacket styles, two hoodies and two blazers. The women’s collection offers nine pants styles, including leggings and jeans, as well as four jackets: a bomber, a traditional jean jacket style, a blazer and a longer zip-up.
Prices range from $98 to $148. Check out some of my favorites below!
I love Jemima Kirke in fashion campaigns because she’s such an unexpected model, i.e. she’s not ultra skinny. But she’s also so intense in a photo and really makes you want to keep looking. Her spring 2016 Current/Elliott campaign is a perfect example.
Also I’d like the kimono denim top left, please, if anyone was wondering.
Creatures of Comfort is one of my favorite designers, and although they don’t typically have a ton of denim in their collections, what they have is really good. This vest and jeans is seventies throwback perfection. They, along with the jeans below are part of the spring collection and should be available in stores soon.
The bottom three photos are from the fall ’16 collection, so you’ll have to wait for those, but it will be worth it!
Judging from the photo above, that would seem to be the case.
Being denim-obsessed, I have a denim and jeans alert set up on Google, and I was excited to receive the news in my inbox that Lara Stone was the face of Frame Denim’s Spring campaign. But when I clicked through to the link at Vogue, it turned up a 404.
Perhaps it’s a super secret project? Perhaps Vogue jumped the gun? I’m intrigued. And I can’t wait to see the campaign! She and those jeans look AMAZE.
I introduced you to denim maven Ulrich Conrad Simpson a few months ago when we talked about his line of jeans for big dudes called UBI-IND. At the time I hadn’t met him in person, but I could tell I would like him. I finally had the pleasure of confirming my suspicions about a week ago. I popped into his beautiful shop in San Francisco’s Mission district to say hi and check out his denim in person—he also carries a highly covetable selection of vintage denim, home goods and more. I went home with a vintage denim jacket because I really needed another denim jacket! OK that’s false, but it reminded me of a priceless jeans and vest outfit I had in 3rd grade (more on that soon).
Freitag, 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!
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.
Denim is no longer relegated to weekends and casual occasions only. These days, jeans can be appropriate pretty much anytime, and here at Eat, Sleep, Denim, we wear them ALL the time. We’re obsessed with the latest trends, newest brands, heritage brands doing cool things, and the street style stars who wear denim like it’s their job—because it is for real our job.
ESD’s editor, Kristen Philipkoski, started blogging about personal style in 2010 with Stylenik. She has written for Wired, 7×7 magazine, Forbes, Racked, Refinery 29 and more. Follow along at ESD as she discovers new denim brands, chats with denim enthusiasts, and tracks the trends from bell bottom to skinny, shredded to raw, hight-waists to hip huggers.