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Join Denham’s harem

8 Jan

Have I introduced you to denim brand Denham yet? Jason Denham set up his premium brand just two years ago and is already causing quite a stir in a pretty saturated market, Denham is being sold by major retailers in Holland, Germany and the UK. His first UK store opened in Shoreditch a couple of months ago too. Seeing the range up close, it’s easy to see why. The motto of the company is ‘worship tradition, destroy convention’, as the design team are continually developing, experimenting and innovating. 


They have just created some gorgeous tailored harems featuring dropped crotch fits, adjustable hems and double pleats for extra volume. I’m really into trousers at the moment and NEED to check these babies out in the flesh. 


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Kangol and Siwy Press Day Autumn Winter 2010

20 May

A while back, I was invited to take a sneak peek at Kangol and Siwy Denim collections for Autumn Winter 2010 by their lovely PR agency.

Kangol

Being an 80s baby, I remember Kangol from my youth. Everyone wore those backwards caps, well the cool kids anyway. Of course, I had one in classic black with a white emblem. What I didn’t know then was the interesting history behind the iconic British label.

Kangol was launched in 1938 and they were a major supplier of berets during World War II. Popularity grew, with designers such as Mary Quant and Pierre Cardin working with the brand/ They became popular in the swinging sixties, even having an exclusive deal with The Beatles who were of course icons of this era.

The brand entered my stream of consciousness during the 80s, thanks to hiphop artists such as LL Cool J and Grand Master Flash, as well as the timelessly stylish Princess Diana. Today, Kangol stands as a British heritage brand, with a rich archive.





The new collection features many of their classic shapes including caps and trilbys in gorgeous fabrics and lovely prints.



Siwy


New York based label Siwy is relatively new, launching just 5 years ago by founder Michelle Siwy. The premium denim label prides itself on it’s quality stretch denim and the finish and detail of their jeans. Described as ‘tough, feminine and authentic’, the brand counts Kate Moss, Selma Blair and Nicole Richie among it’s fans.

Many years ago, I went through a phase of pretty much living in jeans. I amassed an enormous collection and because uber fussy about almost every aspect you might think of when purchasing a pair of jeans including fit, waistband (no gapes please!), pockets (can make or break how good your backside look) and how they look with heels and flats. I know Siwy to have a flattering fit as well as being comfortable. The quilted back pockets were very flattering and the curved hem and the bottom of the jeans avoids that horrible ripped look when you switch to flats. 


The new collection is gorgeous and has lots of little details from zips to embellishment which I adore. There is also an absolutely amazing pair of leather trousers which I drooled over.


Sick of the snow!

7 Jan

This is truely a sign of getting old, I am sick of the snow. Not just that, I’m sick of not feeling my toes, of slipping when walking anywhere and sick of not being able to drive/get the train. I miss summer and sunshine, I’ve forgotten what sunshine feels like on my skin. I want to be able to wear what I want, without having to add so many layers I resemble the Mitchelin man! Two cardigans today, two tops and tights yesterday.I keep dreaming about hot weather…and Margiela shredded jeans. See, I really do dream in fashion! I searched and search but couldn’t find a good alternative. Hey, maybe I can rip up a pair of old jeans whilst I’m snowed in?!

* Source Jak & Jil, Chictopia, Book of Joe

New skinnies

7 Oct

Following on from my post about the cold weather…I’m thinking that I need to rethink my skirts and shorts only policy. Once upon a time, I lived in jeans, so much so that my young and impressionable niece also developed a serious denim habit at the age of 3! But for the last couple of years, I’ve only worn jeans on the odd occasion, preferring shorts, skirts and dresses. However, waking up to pitch black at 6.45am and relying on central heating to stop me from turning into a popsicle is making me rethink my stance on jeans. The last pair of really, really good jeans I bought were my Sass & Bide missfits when I was last in Sydney, so I’m thinking of sticking with the brand, cause the denim world is a different ballgame to what I knew. I’m thinking of buying these, I love the zips at the back and not-quite-black colour


* Source Net-A-Porter