With warmer weather inspiring a move to lighter fabrics and brighter colors, even our denim reflects the change. Instead of heavy, thick-ply fabrics and dark hues, we're scooping up vintage washes, easy wide-leg silhouettes, and jeans that capitalize on our favorite trends. Of course, that means lots of flares and high waists, along with a few surprises. Click through for the 10 Spring-perfect denim styles to score for the season!
>> While we already discussed all the out-of-the-box denim possibilities come Spring, we've yet to talk about finding the essential pair of jeans. Lucky for you, we sifted through a ton of options and found the best around — think cropped and flared, white skinnies, and lightwash trousers — that are sure to carry you through Spring and well into Summer.
>> Christopher Kane, along with four other emerging London-based designers, teamed with J Brand to release a limited edition denim collection last September (pictured above, Kane's contribution center). The 5 X 5 project, as it was called, must have done well for both parties, because Kane is back again, partnering with J Brand to create a "jeanswear" capsule collection, using "denim and other fabrications that J Brand's offering encompasses" as part of his Resort 2012 collection.
It sounds like the partnership is expected to span further than one season. “We have the potential to grow a very strong denim business,” says Kane. And J Brand CEO Jeff Rudes echoes: "We are delighted to be working with Christopher to build a long term viable denim business with him."
While the 5 X 5 project was only available in five select British department stores, the upcoming collection, which is expected to hit stores in late 2011, will be sold to both Kane and J Brand stockists. As Anna Wintour points out: "[The collection] is obviously going to help [Kane's] visibility in the States. He's a young man with a huge future ahead of him."
Gap debuted its 1969 store in SoHo today, giving editors a first look at the premium denim shop. The first sign that this boutique is independent from its parent? Gap isn't mentioned in the store name. Creative director Patrick Robinson was there, handing out hugs and a thorough explanation of the concept. "This is truly 1969," he said, "where we can push the extremes of the 1969 brand. It's a whole new elevation of the product." The minimal boutique, complete with an iPad bar and jeans experts, will showcase exclusive denim made for the store, along with hand-chosen styling pieces from the Gap main collection and Gap's core denim collection. Expect premium fabrics from Italy and Japan, and more fashion-forward styles, with Gap prices. Currently, 1969's main focus is the flare, which is also Fab's obsession, with loads of styles and washes. When asked about collaborations, Patrick said they would consider carrying outside brands — "stuff we find and love" — and that collaborations on accessories would happen when they find "interesting people doing interesting things." Get a first glimpse at 1969 and some of the exclusive styles you'll be dying to get your hands on.
>> Denim has always been an everyday staple, but Spring's upcoming edition will spotlight more than just jeans. Designers like Celine, Derek Lam, and Stella McCartney brought attention to numerous denim pieces on their runways. Think structured denim tops and jackets, skirts, and vests dipped in medium to light washes. Don't wait for the sun to start shining to wear this trend: get a head start on it today with our picks from Chloe, Topshop, Stella McCartney, and APC.
There are some trends that die fast, and others that live on for what seems like forever. Ripped jeans fall somewhere in the middle — some celebs are still digging them, while others have traded their holes for cleaner, ladylike pieces. I've never minded a few tears here and there, but I wouldn't be too bummed to see this trend go; too many holes can look sloppy sometimes. Take a minute and ponder this question — are you still feeling ripped jeans or do you want to see them patched up already?
I still remember my first pair of Sevens — I couldn't wait to get my hands on a pair of the cool-kid denim. After that, I couldn't buy a pair of jeans without wanting a premium pair. That's all thanks to Seven, whose namesake launched in 2000 and changed the denim industry and the way we wear jeans with a decidedly designer edge. Ten years later, Seven's celebrating its anniversary with a line of limited-edition denim, dubbed the "Case Study Denim," and featuring five styles for men and women. Each piece retails from $149 to $750 and is available online and in stores.But, if owning a piece of the collector's denim line seems a pricey investment, there's another way to get your hands on the jeans — the anniversary coffee table book, titled The Seven Senses, is a 264-page brand monograph with photography by Jeff Burton, Guy Aroch, Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and more, all bound in the label's own premium denim.
Get this: Divine Rights of Denim, whose jeans normally sell anywhere from $70 to $100, has just released an under-$30 collection for Forever 21. "This fuses Divine Rights of Denim’s trendy, cutting-edge design aesthetic with Forever 21’s fast fashion philosophy," said Divine Rights of Denim's Marlo Williams. This also marks the first time the mass retailer has launched a premium denim line. Check out the collection of skinny jeans, denim dresses, floral designs, and cutoffs, then visit your local Forever 21 store to score it.
There's nothing that feels more fresh right now than a little '70s chic. We showed you 10 groovy ways achieve the Fall trend, but now let's focus on the main component: the jeans. More specifically, lightwash, flared styles a la Kate Hudson. Out of these eight fabulous pairs, there's bound to be one that suits your bod. Click to shop. Then pair your choice with an off-shoulder tee, an airy blouse, or something camel for an extra relevant feel.