We live in our denim — so when it comes to finding a new pair, we're all about getting the fit just right. Agonizing over your options in a dressing room somewhere isn't fun for anyone, so if the prospect of finding a new favorite pair has you feeling overwhelmed, tune in. We've broken down basic styles by definition, supplying you with fit suggestions, our top three jeans, and ways to style them. Last but not least, we summoned four denim experts: the designers behind some of our favorite denim labels including Madewell, Gap, Paige, and Raven. It's safe to say we've got all the tools to help you find the very best jeans for your body. Click through for the full denim breakdown.
Jessica Alba suited up in a chic black and white ensemble at a Giorgio Armani and Vanity Fair dinner in LA. She donned top pieces by Armani — sheer blouse and white blazer — with J Brand pants, gold hoop earrings and a matching Bvlgari watch. Snake print pieces — an Alexander McQueen clutch and matching peep-toe pumps — added a little dazzle to Jessica's menswear-inspired look. Steal this look when you shop our editors' picks.
>> Last year, when Christopher Kane and J Brand first teamed for the 5x5 project, there were hints that the partnership could span further. So it was no surprise when, this past Summer, the labels announced that they would again be collaborating — this time on a full jeanswear line for Kane's Resort 2012 collection. Now, the first few images are finally out, courtesy of The Telegraph UK. The 17-piece collection features raw-edged flares, jean jackets, and capris — in Kane's signature fluorescents — plus, classic cut-offs and straight-legs in a crisp palette of white, black, and faded blue. For his part, Kane seems quite happy with the team-up, saying, "J Brand are the go-to company for fashion denim, so I could not think of anyone better to work with on this. This is something that I can see as a potential long term relationship rather than a short term collaboration. My Resort collection was so much wider this season, and I think that the denim really complemented the collection."
Click through the slideshow for a first look at the capsule, available online at Net-a-Porter this November. Prices start around $300.
>> After testing the waters with Hussein Chalayan and Proenza Schouler collaborations, six-year-old denim company J Brand is set to debut its very own high-end sportswear line for Spring 2012. The 140-piece collection of office-to-evening separates — which will carry the same label as the brand's signature jeans — is priced from $200 to $1,500 and is meant to hang alongside the likes of Isabel Marant and Rag & Bone. "The initiative we set out from the very beginning was to build a fashion brand," CEO Jeff Rudes told WWD.
With a palette of understated solids — lilac, black, grey — the line is also primarily absent of the material that made the brand famous; instead, newly-hired design director Donald Oliver (who has stints at Vera Wang and Calvin Klein under his belt) has elected to use fabrics such as silk chiffon and lambskin. "We paid a lot of attention to details, making the garment feel special to the wearer," Oliver said, adding of the intended customer: "We wanted her to be easygoing, uncomplicated, subtly sophisticated. We wanted her to feel relevant, not trendy, not like she’s trying too hard, which is why I think the garments have an ease about them."
Though only 60 of the company's 2,500 retail doors will offer the line in the first season, the launch is just the first in a series of planned expansions for the brand over the next few years; accessories, menswear, and flagship stores in 6 cities are also in the works. Click through to see images from the new collection, with a full lookbook coming next week — just in time for Fashion Week.
We love our J Brand jeans just as much as any other girl, and there will be more reason to shop the line come Spring. J Brand will be launching a whopping 140-piece sportswear line in 2012 filled with leather jackets, tops, pants, and skirts. The line will be spearheaded by new design director, Donald Oliver, whose past accolades come from DKNY Jeans, Vera Wang, Gap and Calvin Klein. “From day one, we wanted her [the customer] to be easygoing, uncomplicated, subtly sophisticated," said Oliver. "We wanted her to feel relevant, not trendy, not like she’s trying too hard, which is why I think the garments have an ease about them.” The line is set to range from $200 and $1,500 and, from what we see so far, includes a modern and minimal palette of cool leather jackets, tops, and skirts. Additionally, J Brand noted that it has plans to launch shoes and handbags in 2013 and a menswear line in the next 18 months. For now, check the slideshow to see more pieces from the news sportswear collection.
We have denim on the brain at Fab, and now it's time for our editor picks: the denim version. We've checked out the trends, tried on (too many) jeans, spent (too much) time shopping, and now we know exactly what we want. There is some overlap: we're crazy for some version of red/scarlet jeans, we cannot get enough of the flare, and we're looking beyond jeans to find some very cool denim dresses, jackets, and accessories. Click to see our editors' picks for the coolest pieces in the world of denim.
Novelty prints were a strong trend on the runways from citrus-decorated dresses at Stella McCartney to monkey-adorned tops at Prada, so we’re bringing you three stylish ways to try out these fun-loving prints for yourself. Whether you’re itching to channel a ‘60s vibe, looking for a school-girl-inspired look, or ready to go from runway to real way, we have all the trend tips and tricks you need to build an outfit from a fresh novelty print. On Allison: skirt by The Addison Story from Shopbop.com, necklace by Luv Aj, top: Gap
Blue jeans will always hold a special place in our hearts, but right now — and also into Fall — we plan on swapping out our per usual denim for a brighter hue. Colored jeans are popping up everywhere in vibrant splashes of red, cobalt, yellow, green, pink, and even turquoise. Try out a pair with a neutral silk blouse and slick pumps for a fun casual Friday outfit, or dare to colorblock with an equally tantalizing hue on top. Want to get your hands on some of the best pairs on the market? Click on for more cool color-treated jeans from J Brand, Rag & Bone, Urban Outfitters, and more.
If you're planning a trip to the great outdoors this Summer, get inspired by the woodsy-chic style of Tori Praver in this cool, camp-inspired editorial from Elle Italia. Mix practical go-to gear like a knapsack, thermal leggings, and hiking boots with easy neutral pieces like drawstring shorts and breezy button-downs. Whether you're roughing it in a tent and sleeping bag or living the high life in a cushy RV, don't forget to bring along these cool camp-friendly picks. Click through to see and shop each one now.
We spotted Claudia Schiffer offering a '70s tilt to her jeans and plaid pairing. The pieces are admittedly easy, but she manages to give the whole look a polished edge with just a few simple tricks; for one, tucking in her button-down feels infinitely more pulled together while luxe gold details on her sandals lend just a hint of sophistication. Altogether easy in the chicest way possible. Just click the items below to shop a similar style.