Europe and Heritage Denim Brands

During difficult economic times, consumers tend to go back to classic brands and products. Old-school and hard-wearing denim are seeing a comeback, especially in Europe where retailers are noticing increasing demand for classic denim brands such as Lee, Lee Cooper, Levi’s and Wrangler, workwear labels like Carhartt, Dickies and OshKosh B’Gosh, and even the pioneers of designer jeans such as ...
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Balmain Men’s S/S 2010

Balmain's designer, Christophe Decarnin, is aiming to do to men’s jeans what he previously did to women’s. His second collection for men revolves around pilot, biker and athlete-inspired items that are a departure from the house’s couture heritage. The collection features leather jackets, utility shirts and pants, tees and sweatshirts with air force-inspired motifs, and his signature piece, the biker ...
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Erin Wasson X RVCA

Situated somewhere between Hippie and Rock-Chic, Erin Wasson X RVCA's third line portrays a vintage feeling with aged and broken-in denim. The collection also includes jeans with cool triangle cut-out panels.
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Rag & Bone Jean

Rag & Bone is launching three new lines named: Rag & Bone/KNIT, Rag & Bone/SHIRT and Rag & Bone/JEAN. Different from their signature collection, the labels have been created to offer wardrobe staples rather than statement pieces. JEAN will have three cuts: the skinny, the straight, and the stiletto boot available in a range of colors.
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Dolce & Gabbana Men’s Fall 2010

Milan Fashion Week kicked off and one of the first designers to show was Dolce & Gabbana. The denim pieces included in their collection were faded and muddy for an interesting new version of colored denim with blue denim at the seams.
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Pur Premium Denim

Pur Premium Denim, created by a woman (Hae Yong) for women, wants to bring femininity back to the denim world.  They offer a wide range of silhouettes that are flattering and trendy. They even have a good looking "fleece" jegging worthy of mention (second picture from the left) that comes in multiple washes such as noir, ruby and charcoal and ...
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Skinny Jeans For the Skinny At Heart

Skinny silhouettes show no sign of disappearing, so it was just a question of time before someone came up with skinny jeans for the skinny at heart. The skinny silhouette  from the New York label, Hydraulic Jeans, has been developed with the full figured woman in mind.  Hydraulic skinny jeans are the perfect solution for a great fitting skinny jean ...
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Levi’s X Opening Ceremony

Levi's and NY-based boutique and brand Opening Ceremony are collaborating on a co-branded line of products, the first of which will debut during New York Fashion Week next month at Opening Ceremony, Levis.com and the Levi's flagship in San Francisco. You can expect lots of fine-wale corduroy jackets, pants, shirts, and shorts in eight different colors for both women and ...
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Nudie Jeans Takes Responsibility

Swedish denim brand Nudie Jeans, founded in 2001, has now joined Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), an international verification initiative dedicated to enhancing workers’ lives by improving labor conditions in the garment industry. They're working closely with a growing number of companies that produce clothing and other sewn products and that take responsibility for their supply chains. By joining Fair Wear ...
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Japanese Worker Inspired

While most Japanese denim brands look back to American workers for inspiration on authentic details and look, Copenhagen-based brand Han Kjøbenhavn's second collection is inspired by mid-twentieth century Japanese workwear with a classic modern fit. The collection is made up of a series of styles – many of which are dyed with authentic indigo colors to keep them in line ...
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Distressed & Embellished Denim

Embellishments are reaching new heights this spring as shown by this great editorial from L’Officiel Hommes China. Shot by Milan Vukmirovic for their latest "Denim Excess", where distressed, studded and sequin-embellished denim take center stage. The spread features a selection of designers including Givenchy, D&G, John Galliano and others.
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Feminine Denim S/S 10

Denim dresses continue to inspire for S/S 10. Guess Jeans will feature some interesting numbers, like a sophisticated tulip dress with zipper trim and bleached-out effects on shirt dresses. Taking the use of denim into new territory, Guess is also offering a denim bikini sun-suit and a denim-like, two-piece swimsuit with boy shorts.
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Dutch Premium Blue Blood Label Expands

Blue Blood is expanding and has formed a new business partnership called Blue Blood International between owner and creative director Steve te Pas and Joseph Sfez and Martine Mang, who are operating the Hong Kong and Los Angeles locations of the HTP Group. Amsterdam’s city center will be home to the Blue Blood International HQ, where the offices of design, ...
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Denim-Inspired Footwear

More denim-inspired footwear is surfacing. Fashion heels meet Sex Pistols with Alexander Wang's denim-like Hanne boots. The zipped spiky heel and metal buckles are inspired by model Hanne Gaby Odiele. The same treatment is given to a pair of flat boots to satisfy those who prefer something a bit more grounded.
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Vivienne Westwood X Lee Jeans

Vivienne Westwood is launching a new denim collection with Lee jeans under her Anglomania label. The punk-inspired 9-piece capsule collection for men and women will include super skinny jeans, roomy boyfriend cuts and micro-shorts for women, as well as bondage style and skinny jeans for men. Styles will be offered in an extended color palette and in metallic gold and ...
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