It is no surprise to anyone that the economy is in the slumper…and many fashion lines are taking strong measures to protect their brand from a major fall in sales this season. Rock & Republic is no exception. The designer denim house that has become famous for their fashion week spectaculars and star studded events has not only opted, like many others, to shy away from a $1-$2mm Bryant Park event to a smaller store venue this year, but, they are also said to be lowering their price point on many items too.
The jeans, which can currently retail for close to even $350 sometimes, will now be dropped to a much sweeter $125 start. But with hundreds of dollars dropping off the price tag, I can not help but wonder, will the quality sacrifice? Sources say no! After all, this is true R&R still…definitely not a diffusion line.
Get ‘em while you can guys and gals. I have a feeling that with slashed prices, R&R’s will sell out fast…
I wonder what they will cost on the HonestMall…I can hardly wait…
A couple of months back (October to be exact) I bought a pair of J Brand’s “The Deal” jeans …you know, the ones with the side ankle zippers.
At first I was hesitant. I hadn’t seen them worn yet, but 75% of me liked them off the bat. When I checked out however, I swore to my sales girl that I’d never wear them with the zippers open (ok, rarely). She promised me I’d change my mind. I have to admit, leaping back to the land of the ankle zipper felt strange at best, somewhat Madonna–but not in the Louis Vuitton way if you know what I mean. The last time I’d worn a pair personally was circa 1988– my hair in a very chic side pony.
As fashion changes, (and, yes, circles around), I am usually receptive. But, I’ve never been much into the 80′s trend although some people will disagree with me–saying that ankle zippers are not ’80′s at all–Cynthia Steffe was doing it in 2002 on black waxy high waisters after all! Yet, while Vogue was shooting brightly colored exposes a few years back, lycra and mis-shapen cardigans for all to see, I was kind of rolling my eyes all the way, praying for the cool, casual, collectivity of the ’90′s to return once again.
However, after wearing my J Brand The Deal jeans for the past 60 days (non-stop I must add) and drawing upon inspiration from all eras of style, I’m going to fold: I’m definitely hooked.
To me, the jeans go with everything. They make me feel fashion forward, yet not too trendy everytime…not to mention thin. What more could a girl ask for? I wear them with short booties for that Blondie edge, a preppy Ralph Lauren button downs with flats…even a grungy Tee, cute heels and long, layered necklaces look amazing with my J Brand’s. And the girl who sold them to me was spot on: I don’t just wear the zippers closed. I love them in every combination of partially open and all the way up too.
Are you loving Ankle Zipper denim this year? If so, how are you wearing yours?
P.S. J Brand isn’t the only denim company making ankle zipper Jeans though…so if they aren’t the perfect fit for you, try these other great pairs:
As the menswear division of Christian Dior, Dior Homme has been a staple in not only fashionable men’s clothing for years now, but is also a leader in the garment industry for artistic design and styling predictions each season. Marked by the house’s many favorite trademarks, such as the pleat and the traditional European slim cut that has made Dior Homme famous, the French Fashion House has gone from being revolutionized by Hedi Slimane beginning in 2001 to now being crafted with a fresh twist from young designer Kris Van Assche.
If you’re a Dior Homme die hard, or ever if you are only just becoming a fan, and you haven’t yet traveled into our HonestForum to read the thread that is solely dedicated the brand’s denim wear, I highly recommend—it’s a must. The sizing, the styling and all authenticity questions are addressed there daily…and in depth. Check it out here.
Since 2008, Kris Van Assche has been turning the tables away from Hedi Slimane famed (and much loved) runway march, leaving, what some called, humility, in the dust of Dior Homme’s line. Although the denim of the line still keeps with Dior’s iconic back pocket scar mark, as well as the cotton’s gauge in most cases, there were new splashes of wax, wash and burns—treatments—to be seen. Here are some of the styles (both classic and new) that you may be lusting after, from Van Assche, available in the USA at eLuxury – prices ranging from $455 to $620.
And how do you wear your Dior Homme denim? Do you lean toward that Slimane aesthetic…tapping into that tough, rock look? A Tee, a combat boot, a simple belt? Or, are you looking into the future? Van Assche’s Spring/Summer 2009 show tells us that the new Dior Homme expects brighter things (literally!) Personally, I’m not so sure about the gold tones…but, I could get used to seeing something other than black and white. What’s your take? Do you like the change from Slimane to Van Assche? Some people aren’t so sure…here’s an abbreviated peak at the show:
Video Courtesy of Paris Modes Productions
So I took the Zafu.com denim fit test today.
Here’s the lowdown: take a 3-Minute test based on how jeans (or bras or pants, including plus size) have fit you in the past, answer a few questions on what your ideal jean would look like on your body and describe your own shape…then, VOILA! The perfect fit! Does it work? It could. Let me know if you’ve purchased or worn their recommendations for you!
The site works well–offering results in many styles and price points, based on an individual woman’s body type. Given that we live in a world where beauty is all about being an individual, I liked the idea of customizing a jean to fit your needs and then collaborating it with the current trends.
Most of Zafu.com’s recommendations for jeans for my body were jeans that I’d never worn. But I’m definitely willing to give it a try. If you are one of the many women out there who are constantly struggling to find that perfect jean, Zafu.com may be for you.
Here were my recommendations for a long, lean, yet perky look on the bottom…and here’s who is wearing it now:
You can purchase the “Luna” Trouser, a similar style from Goldsign, available at 6pm.com
(2) TRUE RELIGION BOBBY:
Are you tired of these yet? I’m not. Certainly not if they make my butt look like Miss Simpson’s!
You can get ‘em at Revolve in a variety of washes or if you look hard, probably from one of the many eBay sellers recommended here (see our right hand sidebar for a list!)
P.S. Log on to www.Zafu.com yourself and tell us what your perfect jean is and if you think their recommendations are right for you.