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Denimation 201: Thou Shalt Obey

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This past Thursday (Oct. 29) Levi’s and acclaimed artist/designer Shepard Fairey launched their collaborative limited edition collection. The Obey x Levi’s collection apparently boasts two pairs of denim  (511 & 514 cut), two denim jackets (one of which is below), and a mess load of tops (a flannel, and some tees). And get this…price-point: $34.50 – $148!

Here are some details from the release:

SAN FRANCISCO (October 19, 2009) – This October, the Levi’s® brand – the name responsible for the invention of the blue jean – continues its ever-evolving relationship with acclaimed street artist Shepard Fairey by unveiling Obey x Levi’s®, a collection of co-designed, street-inspired styles for men. Obey x Levi’s® is a celebration of the renegade spirit embraced by both pioneering partners and features denim silhouettes, distress details, and finishes inspired by Fairey’s personal collection of Levi’s® jeanswear and collaboratively developed by Levi’s® and Fairey.

The highly collectible Obey x Levi’s® capsule collection will be carried exclusively at select Levi’s® Store locations in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Santa Monica and at http://www.levi.com. It will be available beginning October 29 and will range in price from $34.50 to $148. To commemorate the launch of the collection, on October 29 Fairey will unveil a series of four new poster designs at a live art installation outside The Levi’s® Store in New York City’s Times Square. Once Fairey completes the installation, he will meet-and-greet event participants while autographing free museum-quality reproductions of his new posters.


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November 1, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Denimation 201: Warrior Chic

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Warrior chic really got its push from the gladiator sandal, however…the designers over at Acne Jeans decided to take it one step further. Their Spring/Summer 2010 skinny denim line features metallic plates or armor fashioned along the thigh, knee, or shin of the pant leg. We’re not sure whether the inspiration behind this is Joan of Arc, Xena – Warrior Princess, or that Beyonce robot suit (designed by Thierry Mugler), but…yea — to each his/her own. What do you think about Acne Armored Jeans?

Acne Armored JeansAcne Armored Jeans (White)

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August 29, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Denimation 201: Jeaniology [jeen-ee-ol-uh-jee]

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Upon popular request I have been asked to explain certain “dynamics” of women’s  jeans.  I’m sure a lot of Urban Grads have noticed that girls have just gotten waAay more curvy.  It’s rare you see a woman in those “Wal-Mart cubby” jeans that make their rear end look like it’s four feet tall (unless they are just really, really old school or a senior citizen).  That’s because women’s jeans have become a frickin’ science.

WARNING: This post may either give girls who want to appear more curvy hope OR make them more self-conscious about the jeans that they buy.

Here’s a quick run-through

Boot Cut Jeans

Hudson: Boot Cut Jeans

Joey Stretch Jeans

True Religion: Joey Stretch Jeans

These particular pairs of jeans have curved, button flap pockets.  The curved pocket gives the appearance of roundness; while the buttons add volume.  These two features together give the appearance of a more curved bottom.

Denim Trousers

Lofli: Denim Trousers

These trousers have angled pockets flaps which give the appearance of roundness to an otherwise flat rear.  Actually, curved seams have always been used to give the appearance of a rounder figure.

Stella Straight Leg

Chip & Pepper: Stella Straight Leg

These work because the waistband on these jeans goes up slightly in the back, adding a lifted look the seat of these jeans.

So there you have it, if eating more starches doesn’t give you the curves you want then look for jeans with the aforementioned attributes.  BUT WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT RESORT TO THIS…

buttenhancer5…Keep your love locked down and scream NO NO, NONO NO to this God-awful contraption.  P.S. small behind = jeans with small pockets; larger behind = jeans with larger pockets.

[courtesy of instyle.com]

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November 6, 2008 at 12:34 am

Denimation 201: Selvedge [sel-vij]

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Urban Graduates,

This is lesson one in a class about the wonderful world of denim.  The class on what denim actually is was covered in Denimation 101…but that was the basics.  As Urban Graduates you are now specializing in the fashion field so there is no need to backtrack.  Lesson 1: You say selvage…I say SELVEDGE.  

Selvedge, or “self-edge” denim has always been hot but pricey because of its high quality.  Selvedge denim is made on old-style shuttle looms that produces a narrower fabric than the newer and more commonly used projectile loom.  This produces a more tightly weaved denim that lasts longer.  In Selvedge denim, you can see the actual edge in the outseam where the weaving has stopped (as opposed to projectile looms where the fabric has been cut off at the ends resulting in lighter and less durable jeans).  The selvedge edge is usually stitched with a colored thread…red being the most common.  In the past, to acquire a pair of selvedge jeans you would have to buy some vintage jeans or go to Japan.  Prices for a pair of premium selvedge jeans usually range somewhere from 200-300 U.S. dollars.  But now, thanks to Uniqlo (they’re the “Japanese H&M”) you can acquire a pair of premium selvedge jeans for around eighty bucks.  Unsure if the jeans are selvedge…cuff em and look for the signature selvedge edges located along the outseam of the jeans!

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June 17, 2008 at 5:57 am