I am happy to see the biker trend slowly becoming more and more prominent lately. Next to be caught in them is Isla Fisher when she was seen out and about in Beverly Hills, California. She wore a pair of the Closed Biker Pants in Olive Green.
Here is some great news. The Great Gatsby has finally been given a new release date! Though I do wish that it was still coming out on Christmas instead of May, but what is another five months of waiting after they announce a remake. You can click here to read Lorna’s review on the Neon Yellow version here and click here to purchase Closed jeans from their website.
Last month, the third annual original Closed jeans event returned to Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California and was a huge success! Many stylists and stars dropped in to check out the current styles. See what they fell in love with and check out the gallery below!
Star stylist Brooke Dulien avidly shopped for jeans for Kristin Bell, Joy Bryant and Dex Shepard, the star cast of “Hit and Run” while Closed spokesperson, socialite and author Jessica Joffe, was there to lend a hand. She loves her grey leather jeans and the “Pedal Star” cut. Ira Hammons-Glass, costume designer for all Tom Cruise’s films and the Rolling Stones tours was also present as well as Tom’s son Connor Cruise. Connor shopped with enthusiasm for his upcoming European tour as a DJ. His favourite pair of jeans were the “Luke” in vibrant orange.
Actor Emma Stone fell hard for the “Starlet” in rosé and Mila Kunis chose to go more classic and loved the “Starlet” in grey paired with a blue-black silk blouse. Italian man about town and actor Nicoló Oddi entered Chateau and fell in love with the saffron-yellow “Clifton Slim” pants while Jennifer Missoni favoured her new “Marlow” jeans and refused to take them off.
This denim review is on a pair of Closed Denim Cropped Biker Pants in Sunny Yellow. I had to adjust the contrast and lighting a lot on the picture below because every camera I tried wouldn’t pick up the colour of these jeans properly. The adjusted photo below is as close as I can get to the real colour. They are literally fluorescent yellow, much like the colour of a yellow highlighter pen. They are just pretty much exactly like that, really strong and bright, which is a colour cameras struggle to capture correctly. The cameras seem to make them look more like a pastel or muted lemon which is very inaccurate. Even the photo on the Closed website isn’t correct. Hopefully you can get the idea of how bright these are.
I did a review on their full length Biker Pants before (here) so these have a similar fit, except for the fact that they are cropped. They hit around mid calf, or just below on me, and the leg opening of them is a bit wider than my leg so they are not fitted all the way down. For some reason though, these don’t seem to fit as nicely as the full length ones. I really liked how flattering and nice the full length version was, but in comparison to these, it seems like quite a difference. I feel like these don’t fit so good on the butt, the pockets are quite high up and I think it might be the fact that they are cropped, they just don’t fit so well. Maybe if they were fitted all the way down while being cropped, they might be better. They also make my hips look quite small I think. They might look nicer worn looser, like the stock photo from their website. Maybe it might be wise to size up from your usual size, so they have more of a slouchier fit perhaps.
I covered the colour of these jeans above, but I didn’t mention just how hard I found these to pair with things. I did two outfits for these, the first was with a denim shirt and this is the second one. Both outfits I’m not all that fond of, but I had such a dilemma trying to find things to match the intensity of this wash. The shoes were the hardest thing, especially because they are cropped as well as being incredibly bright. It was tough. I think if the weather was boiling hot, these would be easier to wear, you can just wear t-shirts and flats and it would look fine. I wouldn’t really recommend trying to dress them up like I tried.
Usually with most lighter coloured denim, the fabric is see through, this is the case with these as well. You can see from the photos that you can see my skin through them a bit and you can see the pocket bags at the hips through the fabric too. You would definitely need to wear nude or light coloured underwear with these, or it will show through quite a lot.
I am still trying to figure out my overall opinion of these jeans though. I do like Closed Denim a lot, they are a wonderful brand and make really nice jeans, but I am not sure if I like the Cropped Biker pant as much as the full length. I think moto style jeans are more suited to long lengths, rather than cropped. They would make a really nice pair of fun jeans for hot weather though, I can imagine them being great for a happy/fun day out and the colour is really cheerful. I think having them for hot weather is definitely best as then you can just throw on a white t-shirt and and some flip flops/thongs and you will be good to go. Layering doesn’t really work too well I found. If you are brave enough to wear fluorescent yellow and you like moto style jeans, these might be the pair that suit you well. I don’t know if I would be brave enough myself to wear these out though, I think they are really loud. We will have to see when Summer comes around. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about these jeans. Buy these jeans online at Closed.com.
Jeans courtesy of Closed Denim.
Twentynine Palms in the Mojave Desert forms the backdrop to Closed Denim’s newest campaign for Spring/Summer 2012. Originally inhabited by the Chemeheuvi Native Americans, it is right on the doorstep of the acclaimed Joshua Tree National Park.
Closed were drawn by the pioneering spirit that is still evident in this Southern Californian mountain area. And were instantly charmed by the hospitality and nature of the inhabitants at Twentynine Palms. The daylight there was wonderfully luminous and imbued their shoot with a very special atmosphere amongst all involved.
Twentynine Palms has long been recognised as the ideal spot for Los Angelenos to recuperate from hectic city life. Frank Sinatra and Led Zeppelin singer, Robert Plant, have both dedicated songs to the city. Its place in Rock music history was sealed in 1973 when Alt-Country Rock singer, Gram Parsons died at the Joshua Tree Inn motel.
All of this… the spirit of the place, the laidback vibe, the vast openness of the outdoors and the low-slung sunlight became an additional personality amongst the four people depicted in this shoot. In keeping with the earlier campaigns, the focus remains on selecting creative individuals and not models. Real people who are contributing to their respective worlds and they are:
Ry Cuming – Australian singer/ songwriter now living in LA.
Jessica Joffe – German actress and writer, currently based in LA.
Michael Fujikawa – who describes himself as a “Man of the People” and lives in LA.
Rachel Pouillat – a Berlin-based DJ originally from France.
The campaign images and movie clips were shot by Swiss-born photographer and blogger, Maya Villiger, who previously appeared in their Autumn ’11 campaign. You can see a video from the shoot above and you can check out some photos in the gallery below.