I’ve been a big fan of Of a Kind for quite a while. It’s where I learn about (and shop) all sorts of new makers and brands. So I was excited when I discovered that one of their recent podcasts was on a subject near and dear to my heart—drumroll—DENIM.
The podcast was also their first roundtable discussion, for which they gathered two denim experts: Veronique Hyland, a fashion writer at The Cut and Tiffany Yanetta, style director at Racked.
The Of a Kind host’s first question was one that I often asked: is EVERYTHING trending right now?
The answer was yes, kind of, everything except skinny jeans. We’re still wearing skinny jeans, but they’ve become more of a classic silhouette that’s currently on the back burner.
The current and hopefully everlasting trend is COMFORT. It all started a few seasons ago at fashion week when everyone was wearing sneakers with everything, and if they wore jeans they hung loose—which can look really chic, but not when you’re wearing jeans with stretch. That just looks kind of saggy. Hence, the return of no-stretch jeans (which I discuss further here, here and here).
Other trend points: dark is out, ’90s styles are way in, high waists are in but uncomfortable while sitting down, Levi’s makes the best jean jacket, and fray is in but probably heading out. To hear the entire conversation click here!
Beloved soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo already owns a successful lifestyle brand called CR7. Yesterday, he announced he was adding men’s denim, which interestingly will include blankets and underwear (!) in addition to jeans. The new pieces will cost between $69 to $179 and will be available in June.
We can pretty much predict what the jeans will look like, if his own personal style is any indication. His street style looks are typically super skinny, very designery, and slung very low. And he will certainly sell millions of them.
The credits at the beginning of the video indicate that this is an officially-sanctioned Gucci music video with Toronto artist Jimmy Prime, which is an interesting meeting of rappers who count Euros, wear Gucci jeans, lazily lounge with high-fashion models, and are heavily autotuned.
Typically, luxury brand collabs with music artists are brief commercials rather than a full-length song, which makes it feel kind of weird to me. It’s like wearing a designer head-to-toe—which I’m not totally against but you have to be careful.
Believe it or not, the jeans, found in a box were unworn. They belonged to Tucson resident Jock Taylor’s great-great-grandfather, Solomon Warner, who moved to the Wild West in the 1830s from New York. They are likely the oldest unworn Levi’s in existence. Read more below!
I had the opportunity recently to check out Reformation’s new tech-enabled store in San Francisco’s Mission District at 914 Valencia Street. The dressing room situation is pretty interesting and definitely worth a look if you’re in the area. It has a magic wardrobe that lets you request items from a touchscreen in the dressing room, and an attendant brings the garments to you through a hidden door, eliminating the need to get dressed and undressed again when you need a new size or color. I wrote all about it here, check it out!
I was excited to try on Reformation’s brand new denim. When I chatted with the brand’s founder, Yael Aflalo, she mentioned this was her first foray into denim and she hoped it would be received well. Personally, I loved it. The high waisted design hugged my curves with no gap at the waist, which almost never happens. Check out all the styles below and shop at the site if you’re not in L.A., SF or New York where the brands four brick and mortar stores are located. Read More >
In an unexpected turn of events, Khloe Kardashian’s Good American brand has added no-stretch denim to its lineup. The $169 style is unexpected, but refreshing. It’s nice to see a slightly less overtly sexy silhouette from this brand, which launched last year.Good American also launched a rigid, oversized denim jacket, which as you can see here, Khloe has styled in an off-shoulder fashion. At at $265, it’s a bit pricier than I expected.
As always, styles range in sizes from 00 to 24, and the brand will be adding new styles bi-weekly.
When I visited West Coast Craft in November, I was on the hunt for anything and everything denim (as per usual). Have you been to West Coast Craft? It’s an amazing collection of artisans that happens twice yearly at Fort Mason in San Francisco. It’s extremely well-curated and you’ll find incredible handmade and beautifully-designed items to wear and for your home. (Check some of my other favorites at Forbes!)
When it came to denim, Alex Steele’s booth grabbed my attention like no other. Not only did she have perfect vintage Levi’s, but they were decorated with her really cool art. She paints with bleach directly onto the denim. The palm-leaf print initially caught my eye, and her nudes (and more) on jackets won me over.
I quickly learned that Alex doest much more than paint on jeans—she has dabbled in everything from jewelry design to taxidermy. Check out our interview below! Read More >
Filipino Hip Hop dance world championsUpeepz are famous for their synchronized performances featuring an impossibly huge group of dancers. Now they’re coming together for Uniqlo’s denim line manufactured at the Kaihara Denim Mill in Japan. They are amazing to watch!!
I was just doing a little denim Googling, as denim bloggers are wont to do, and I found this gem from Marie Claire UK on how to rip your jeans without ruining them. It seems like such a simple thing but, alas, there is a reason why ripped jeans often cost more than intact ones.
Ripping is an art and a skill, and you’re not careful when DIYing, you’re liable to straight up trash those jeans you’d hoped to make cooler. Key points to consider before you dive into a denim-ripping DIY session:
Are you OK with sacrificing the jeans should the project not work out? Buy a test pair at your local thrift shop so you can answer YES to this one.
Do you have the proper tools?
Do you have time to devote to proper preparation? Do to it right, you’ll need to prewash and mark your jeans carefully with chalk or a pen.
Are you denial oriented? Or can you be for a few minutes? Without the finishing touches, your DIY rips might look a bit to contrived.
Answered yes to all of the above? Head on over the Marie Claire and let us know how it goes!
Jeans worn by hip-hop artists did not always strive to show as much of one’s underwear as possible, High Snobiety reveals. In the seventies, when hip-hop first emerged, artists in the genre wore remarkably well-fitting jeans:
In a decade where high style was characterized by stretchy polyester, shiny satin and chintzy velour, hard-wearing denim dungarees symbolized a utilitarian sense of rebellion.
Moving into the eighties, artists even wore head-to-toe denim, and gravitated towards much less showy stagewear that one might imagine in the context of a pretty opulent decade.
Check out the entire evolution of denim in hip hop at High Snobiety, and check out their tips on how to rock the looks from every era now.
If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, celebrate the beginning of a few days without rain (it’s returning next week!) with Wallflower’s70s pants party. There’s nothing I love more than a good pair of 70’s jeans, and I love the idea of celebrating them with friends, snacks and beverages. I will be there in spirit only, unfortunately. Being a mom of a preschooler, I do fun things like mandatory preschool meetings on Fridays. But you should go, because Wallflower is RAD not only for 70s pants but for vintage clothing in general as well as home items. Make your way to the back of the store for macrame, brass lamps, mirrors and all sorts of funky interior pieces. RSVP here! Have fun and happy weekend everyone!
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.