Miranda Kerr + Mother Make Beautiful Denim Together

by Kristen Philipkoski

Mother Denim has partnered with Victoria’s Secret bombshell Miranda Kerr for a limited-edition capsule collection. The cutout jumpsuit may be the sexiest denim garment ever made, and the Funday Flares are the perfect cut in the perfect colors. Another favorite is the butterfly embroidered denim shirt. The 12-piece collection also includes a cropped sweatshirt that I must have.

Even better, a portion of the proceeds will go to The Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation in Australia, a 150 year-old institution that annually cares for more than 10,000 women, 600 premature babies and sends more than 4,200 babies home with their families and has been doing so for 150 years. The Foundation exists to ensure that all patients have the best possible treatment and equipment. Saving babies lives and perfect denim are two things no one can argue with. 

Are Madewell’s New Pockets Really Magic?

by Kristen Philipkoski

When I first read about these new Madewell jeans at Refinery 29, I assumed the magic pockets they spoke of were on the back of the jeans, promising to make your derriere look wonderful. Alas, the magic is supposedly coming from the front pockets.

Intriguing! I own several high-waisted jeans, this Madewell pair included, which flatter and emphasize my waist in a good way when I initially put them on. Then, after sitting down for a while—driving, working, what have you—I stand up and there’s a pouchy thing happening in my abdominal area. This is never a good thing.

I’m always left wishing there was some kind of support or suction in that area to prevent this from happening, and it sounds like that’s exactly what Madewell has invented, if the Refinery 29 editors’ reviews are any indication. Kate Hyatt had the following to say:

… these really hold you in, but somehow feel super-light and effortless. My waist and butt actually look smooth and tight — no bunching or folding. The stretch is just the right amount, too. I felt sucked it without feeling like a sausage in jeggings.

Next up I’ll try them out myself, stay tuned!

Khloe Kardashian’s Good American Adds a Skirt

by Kristen Philipkoski

good american pencil skirt

Khloe Kardashian’s denim brand, Good American, now has a pencil skirt in its lineup. Like the brand’s jeans, the skirt has an ultra high waist and hugs curves like nobody’s business. It also has a daring back slit—of course it does! It currently comes in one medium-blue wash and costs $135. Also like the jeans, sizes range from 00 to 24.

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum Ejected From Senate Floor for Wearing Jeans

by Kristen Philipkoski

Governor Doug Burgum was posing for photographs with high school students on the North Dakota senate floor when an unidentified individual—presumably the North Dakota fashion police—asked him to please leave. OK actually it was the North Dakota Senate’s sergeant-at-arms, an official charged with enforcing various legislative rules. Snap!

Add that to our list of places where it’s still, in this day and age, not OK to wear jeans.

The republican politician also wore jeans at his inauguration in January. Judging by this photo from his website, he’s also partial to denim shirts. This is obviously not a platform for politics, so I’ll stop short of discussing whether our mutual love of denim and his silver foxy good looks make us kindred spirits 🙂

These Are the Best Denim Shoes I’ve Seen All Year

by Kristen Philipkoski

denim platform sandalsCan you say wowza? Obviously I LOVE when designers choose to make shoes using denim. But See by Chloe really knocked it out of the park with these beauties.

Meet the Frenchman Who’s Bringing Denim Manufacturing Back to Where It all Began

by Kristen Philipkoski

If you’re denim obsessed like myself, you’ve perhaps heard denim’s origin story: the fabric was born in the French city Nîmes in the 16th century. The fabric was dubbed “serge de Nîmes,” which means “serge from Nîmes.” It was originally made from a silk and wool blend, and was used to make the flared jackets favored by women at the time as well as men’s jackets.

Most traces of Nîmes’ denim history were erased with the persecution of Protestants in France when the André’s—the town’s prominent (and Protestant) textile family—were forced into exile in Italy. The first trousers were eventually made using the fabric in Genoa, which also led to calling the pants jeans. Levi’s eventually brought the fabric to American workmen.

Now,  Nîmes native Guillaume Sagot is reviving denim culture in his home town with a new denim brand called Atelier de Nîmes. Sagot currently makes three styles of men’s jeans, and he has plans for accessories and women’s styles in the next couple years. He’s starting small but is in it for the long haul. Read on for my exclusive interview with Sagot! Read More >

Alex Steele Makes Vintage Denim Into Works of Art

by Kristen Philipkoski

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 >

White Jeans, Denim Shirt

by Kristen Philipkoski

As I mentioned previously, I’ve been prematurely thinking about springtime and all the outfits I’ll hopefully be wearing when flowers are blooming and skies are blue. One outfit in particular that I keep going back to in my daydreams is a pair of white jeans and a denim top. It was not easy to fulfill this fantasy, because 99% of the white jeans I found online were either low-rise or skinny or both, which is not my jam. But then I encountered this ensemble, and it was like lightning struck! Thank you AG jeans for fulfilling my hopes and dreams.

These jeans look comfortable, and I just can’t deal with extra discomforts at the moment. And the denim shirt looks as soft as can be—substantial to be sure, but to also silky smooth to the touch. That’s all I really wanted. Big kisses AG 🙂



UPEEPZ Demonstrate How to Dance in Uniqlo’s Kaihara Jeans

by Kristen Philipkoski

Filipino Hip Hop dance world champions Upeepz 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!!

15 Perfect Pieces From AG’s Indigo Capsule Collection Part 2

by Kristen Philipkoski

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 >

Dive Into This Beautiful Sea of Denim: Sea’s Spring/Summer 2017 Collection

by Kristen Philipkoski

I’m already excited for spring denim, which I realize is extremely premature and there’s plenty of winter still to deal with. But these dreamy denim (and denim-esque) pieces from Sea‘s Spring/Summer 2017 collection, which I first spotted at McMullen boutique’s Facebook page, make weathering the chilliest season is a little easier. Yes, please to each and every one of these! Read More >

No.6 Ups Its Denim Offerings for Spring 2017

by Kristen Philipkoski

I have long been a big fan of No.6′s clogs, which are perfect with any pair of jeans. In fact I didn’t realize the brand offered anything other than clogs until not very long ago when I noticed their comfy-chic dresses and jumpsuits. And then when I saw their Spring/Summer 2017 collection it was like, BOOM! Denim city. How exciting.

In particular I am very much digging the above puffy-cloud evoking side-slit pants, which a brand representative tells me are made of a light and lovely denim. Stay tuned for them and the rest of the collection (check out my denim faves below) to be available in about a month! Read More >

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