It’s been a while since I have seen a pair of Balenciaga jeans on someone. I think the last time I saw someone in a pair, it was either Ashley Olsen or Lindsay Lohan about five or six years ago. Unlike Lindsay and Ashley, Clemence Poesy chose a black washed pair by the fashion house. I hope to see Kristen Stewart wear a pair. One, being that she loves jeans and two, she is the new face of Balenciaga.
Clemence paired the jeans with one of my favorite shoes that Balenciaga has come out with, the cut-out flat boots. I think this whole look is great. Everything is worn at the perfect amount of slouchiness. You can click here to purchase Balenciaga jeans at YOOX.
We had a chance to interview Creative Director of OPENMARKET, Kevin Chen. OPENMARKET is a new brand that modernizes the classic James Dean look into pieces that are sure to be classics themselves and coveted by many who own them. The collection is amazing. There are some really great pieces, especially those striped trousers and those jackets. You can read about how he first started in the industry, what inspired him this season, and more below. You can also see looks from the current look book below.
DenimBlog: How did you get your start?
OPENMARKET: I started working in the fashion industry back in 1983 while I lived in New York. It was then that I fell in love with fashion. Over these past 30 years, my experience includes working in the garment factory as a trim buyer, pattern maker, and a production manager. I was also an owner of several high-end retail boutiques in California. For a brief time, I also designed an exclusive men’s dress shirt and neck-tie label under the name “Cinn Kediaoni” which was made in Italy as well as a private label leather jacket brand for Bergdorf Goodman.
The experience I attained from my previous years in the industry has led me to launch MEK Denim, where I was a founder, CEO and Creative Director from 2005 – 2011. I have always been passionate about fashion and its high pace. Although the fashion industry has been rewarding to me in many facets, it has also been challenging at times. However, I enjoy overcoming the challenges and being on my toes. Most importantly, I find being in the fashion industry allows me to be on the forefront of what the next big thing is, and that I find truly exciting.
DB: What made you want to start your own line?
OM: My vision for OPENMARKET was to create a platform that would allow designers and artists to work with me to build a company and a brand that represents these individuals in a UNITED environment, where each individual associated with the brand is PASSIONATE and SUCCESSFUL in what they do, and from that, to be able to achieve their personal WEALTH. I envision OPENMARKET as a place where I am able to bring creative and like minded individuals together. I can only hope that my contribution to the fashion industry is to give you another reason to smile.
DB: How did you come up with the name OPENMARKET?
OM: Well, my wife, Cynthia and I are quite fond of flea markets. It’s a pastime that we both enjoy doing together. Often times, we would attend the Rose Bowl Flea Market to rediscover old ideas, and to see if we can reinvent them and make something new from it. We have always found the idea of a flea market to be very unique and extraordinary because you never know what you’ll find, but you’re almost sure you’ll find something cool and interesting by the end of your search. In short, the name OPENMARKET comes from our love of flea markets and while on a drive with Cynthia upon this open road, the word OPEN came to her mind, and she suggested OPENMARKET. In other words, that OPEN road ahead of us signified the thought of simply being OPEN to ideas and staying OPENMINDED. Hence, OPENMARKET was born.
Heidi Klum was spotted having a girls day with daughters Leni and Lou in Malibu, California. She wore a pair of J Brand Shorts in Bright Fuchsia with a tee that was the exact color. Heidi seems to be favoring shirts with the same color/tone as her shorts. She was spotted wearing the Siwy Camillas in Desert Rose with a similar toned shirt a while back.
I think Heidi is the only one that can pull off a whole hot pink look like this and not look tacky. It is definitely a very bold color, especially for the a beach day. The only other person I can think of wearing this color from head-to-toe is Paris Hilton and I have to give the award to Heidi for actually making this look wearable. You can click here to purchase these shorts ON SALE at Singer22 for $79.50.
Cassie visited SiriusXM Studio in New York last month. She wore a pair of the Rag & Bone Scuba jeans in Midnight. I have been waiting to see someone in these jeans. I think the detail of the zipper running up the entire outseam is really cool. It is like a tuxedo jean, but with a zipper instead of a panel.
I really want Cassie to grow the shaven part of her hair back. I think she has beautiful hair, but this style is just not working. I will admit though that it does give her a more “fashion” look. I just think when you have such gorgeous locks like her, you should flaunt it. You can click here to purchase these jeans at Shopbop for $275.