Premium denim brand Citizens of Humanity is giving a twist to T-shirts through a collaboration with artist Will Lemon.
The Huntington Park, Calif.-based company is sprucing up tanks, short-sleeve Ts, tunics and three other women’s spring styles with Lemon’s technique of blending screen-printing with hand-painting. A tank top pops in a blue snakeskin print mottled with what resembles neon oil spills, a gray scoop-neck T-shirt is enlivened with a bold splash of azure and ruby raindrops fall all over a yellow tank dress. All will retail for approximately $135.
“I envisioned an outdoor scene and I first saw a snake sunbathing in a field of tall, verdant grass,” said Lemon, whose previous fashion collaborations were with Marc Jacobs and MAC. “I also imagined a small stream with a slight waterfall nearby and these first three images that were there in my mind became the metaphors for the prints that eventually ended up on the T-shirts.”
Cut from a soft, light cotton knit, the pieces are also washed and dyed by hand at Citizens of Humanity’s laundry.
“The collaboration with Will is a highlight of the special things that we can do,” said Adriano Goldschmied, executive vice president of design at Citizens of Humanity, which also owns his denim brand GoldSign. “We own already a lot of technology and know-how that we can apply to our T-shirt. We own our own dye house and laundry. Our goal is to make something different.”
Choosing to collaborate with Lemon helps Citizens of Humanity differentiate itself from competitors in a challenging economy as it seeks to expand its jeans business with complementary categories such as T-shirts. Goldschmied said the company is also considering applying Lemon’s screen-painting technique to jeans and men’s T-shirts.
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Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon both wore two of the season’s latest denim trends (really would we expect anything less from the SATC girls?) Sarah Jessica Parker wore a pair of high waist jeans, while Cynthia Nixon wore a pair of white boot cuts! Sarah Jessica also wore a pair of white jeans, to film a retro scene (maybe a flashback?) Who else is excited for the sequel?
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After it’s founding almost 40 years ago, Gap still remains an iconic brand. To celebrate its history, the brand is launching a concept Gap1969 concept store on Carnaby street.
In true Gap style, the store will be open for 19 days and 69 hours. The three story store will feature strictly limited washes and styles, 69 of each, that will be numbered and stamped.
The store will also feature designs from Ed Hardy, Albertus Swanepoel and photographer Garance Dore, who will host the debut of Pharell William’s collection.
Music has always been an integral part of Gap’s history, and the concept store will be no different. Many different breakthrough artists will be playing but opening day will kick off with VV Brown followed by Taio Cruz.
On opening day you will be able to purchase limited edition, Gap
J Brand seems to be everywhere these days and now is making its way to LA. The brand has teamed with LA designer, Henry Duarte to release a capsule collection. The collection will feature three low rise skinny styles, that were based off of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust.
Similar to the TopShop and Hussein Chalayan campaigns, co-founder Jeff Rudes expresses these collaborations are an effort to keep the customer intrigued. He stated, “Knowing we wanted to do a rocker and biker chic story for early spring, we thought Henry would be a natural. It’s also a chance to bring some new customers into the fold because he has such a following”
In addition, Duarte elaborated that he wanted to “combine my signature details with the simplicity that J Brand is known for, while keeping the jeans wearable and affordable,”
The line will feature three styles, the Raygun style, in indigo with a shiny spray tint wash, features exposed zippers with custom pulls and seaming and topstitching with a Space Age feel. The Ziggy has handmade hardware, zipper accents and a soft black wash. The Suffragette is a take on Duarte’s signature lace-up front jeans with a pigment rub wash.
Prices will begin at $250 a pair and will initially be sold at Coterie in NYC but hit more mainstream U.S. stores like Bergdorf Goodman and Barney’s in December. They should be available worldwide early next year.
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