Now, he has an exhibition of artwork created only with denim presented by Catto Gallery at Gallery Different, 14 Percy Street in London. The exhibit goes until November 30, so if you’re in the area, don’t miss it!
Berry uses only “as is” denim—he never bleaches or dyes the fabric to suit his needs, but uses scraps from naturally weathered vintage pieces. From a distance, you would never guess his pieces are made only from denim. Take, for example, the work above, and this earlier work depicting Blondie:
See more of his incredible work at his website, read our Q&A for more insight into how he creates his art, and learn more about the London exhibit in the video below:
A spate of social media message has outed ASOS for delivering jeans that are a couple FEET (as in 24 or more inches) longer than customers ordered. What’s happening here?
According to ASOS, customers like George (above) need to read the description. The jeans are the super-skinny longing stackers, and they’re supposed to be that way. The idea is to let them bunch up a bunch along the calf and ankle for a “gathered effect.”
Sorry George, ASOS didn’t mean to offend. Try the scrunching and let us know how it goes!
I love it when denim and music collide, and luckily that happens quite often. While perusing YouTube I recently ran across this wonderful song called “Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots” by The Cheers. The title sounds much rougher than the song sounds, which is a delightful contrast.
It’s also crazy to imagine that in 1955 when this song was written, it was edgy for a man to wear such an outfit, and downright unheard of for a women. Oh, how times have changed (thank goodness)!
I have always assumed that mini front pocket was a change pocket, though a poorly-designed one that’s hard to get change out of. I have also called it the lipstick pocket. Others have apparently designated it a condom pocket, a ticket pocket, and a match pocket, to name a few.
Well Levi’s has solved the mystery (and others) on its blog: it’s a watch pocket! Thanks, Levi’s.
If you’ve never heard of Juice Newton, here are some fun little facts to put in your back pocket next time you’re swapping ’70s and ’80s pop culture trivia with your fellow Millennials. Her given name is Judy Kay Newton. She was a crossover country and pop music artist in the mid-to-late seventies and early eighties. Her biggest hits were Queen of Hearts (1981) and Angel of Morning. Her hair was AMAZING, and she new how to style a pair of jeans.
Hate might be a strong word, but Umberto Eco, a writer best known for his murder mystery “The Name of the Rose” and who died last week, believed that wearing jeans limited thought—and he was certainly a lover of thinking.
In his essay “Lumbar Thought,” he asserts that jeans “limit our capacity for thought.” He wrote that he loved that jeans were comfortable, and that one didn’t have to worry about wrinkles or tears when it came to jeans. And it was this pronounced casualness, along with denim’s “firm grasp on his crotch,” according to the Washington Post, that made him think too much about his own body and distracted him from thinking deep thoughts such as the following:
the relationship between the One and the Many, the Andreoiti government, how to deal with the problem of the Redemption, whether there is life on Mars, the latest song of Celentano, the paradox of Epimenides.
I will never again worry that I overthinking denim. And Mr. Eco, may your legacy endure.
I’ll take denim in any iteration you throw it at me, including in my hair. Denim hair is really just blue hair… but it has a certain washed-out look to it that really does resemble denim. It’s not your ’80s era neon blue, and it’s not an Yves Klein blue. It’s more of a Levi’s, perfectly distressed blue.
Needless to say, we’re all for it around here. Since my tresses are going gray anyway, I may just try it!
It’s hard to imagine how Pharrell could find time for another project, what with his television duties on The Voice, multiple music production projects, his own writing and singing—not to mention being a husband and dad and a billion other things you’ve probably never heard of. But somehow we know he’ll kill it as the new co-owner of G-Star. We look forward to seeing plenty of eco-friendly, cutting edge denim designs from the brand under his leadership.
Last night I re-watched the original Star Wars movie, now known as Episode IV A New Hope, in preparation for viewing the new Episode VII. As I watched the scenes that took place at Luke Skywalker’s family farm, I was struck by Aunt Beru’s super cool, toggle-buttoned, bell-sleeved denim jacket. I believe it’s the only time denim makes an appearance in the film. Nope! I got very curious about the costume choice so I did some Googling. I wasn’t the only one who was curious. A Reditter had the following to say:
Did Aunt Beru just refuse to wear her costume?
Every time I watch the original movie it makes me wonder. Most people are wearing robes in that planet (except Han Solo but he’s in his iconic outfit) but then you have aunt Beru sporting a cool denim jacket and shirt with a pure 70s big pointed collar which strikes me as a bit urban casual for a farm in the desert.
I imagine her being shown her intended costume, which was probably some kind of robe like uncle Owen’s or maybe Leia’s and going “not happening” and the costume designer just caves and says ok whatever.
And this amazing person recreated the jacket, right down to copying the pattern from her collar!
If you’d like to recreate your own, here are all the details you could ever wish to know about Aunt Beru’s denim jacket.
I disagree strongly with this BuzzFeed article saying the jacket was hideous.
Many folks online made remarks similar to the Redditor above, saying that she looked like she forgot her costume. My impression was that she was one of the only (possible the only?) female characters in the film who was not a princess or a soldier, so it makes sense that she had a sort of down-home feel to her costume.
What say you? Do you have any inside knowledge of the thought behind Aunt Beru’s costume? Please share!
Usually it takes twenty years for a fashion statement to get all nostalgic. Seven years early, Katy Perry and Riff Raff pulled a little trip down memory lane by recreating the Britney and Justin double denim partner look from the VMAs thirteen years ago. Of course, the internet exploded and we all got nostalgic for that magic from the Aughts.
In case you forgot how glorious Britney and Justin were…
And how rarely does denim hit the red carpet? Well, here’s Stevie Wonder in a patchwork denim tux with Bette Midler in 1975:
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.