7 For All Mankind have teamed up with Giambattista Valli to create ‘A Collision of Contemporary and Couture’! You can see from the images below that this is an extremely wild, fun and daring collection, using such bold colours and prints, combining them with some tailored and classic fits. I am in love with the pink and red tones here! What do you think of it? You can read more about the collection from the press release just below!
The rarefied world of Haute Couture and the refined ease of premium denim are an unexpected combination. Unlikely matches, however, produce powerful results. 7 For All Mankind teams up with Giambattista Valli to create a decisively contemporary capsule collection that marries Valli’s own attention to cut, proportion, construction and posture with 7 For All Mankind’s quest for perfect shape, immaculate fit, luxurious fabric.
Giambattista Valli sums the essence of his style as: timeless, ageless, effortless. 7 For All Mankind shares the same values, with an emphasis on innovation. Adding luxury to the world of denim makes for a challenging creative dialogue.
“Denim fascinates me, as I am naturally drawn to exploring new grounds. In this respect, 7 For All Mankind is an excellence, so pairing with them came as a natural choice” says Giambattista Valli. “I used denim as a canvas onto which project my vision, thinking of a decidedly young, multicultural clientele of glamorous Valli girls. I worked on both shapes and fabrics, delivering jeans with a strong identity, quite unique for cut and treatment”.
The collection merges Valli’s signature with 7 For All Mankind’s leadership in the contemporary segment, reinterpreting the high waist skinny and wide-leg flare styles through sharply feminine cuts, colors and prints.
“Giambattista Valli’s unique and fresh point of view is unparalleled, especially when coupled with his foundation and start in the design world,” says Barry Miguel, President of 7 For All Mankind. “His interpretation of denim is quite remarkable and I love the way he has merged his Haute couture world with our world of denim.”
The collection is divided into two deliveries. The first one, out in mid-March, revolves around the intense glamour of red, one of Valli’s definitive hues, and the graphic seduction of animal prints, culled from his Haute couture animalier motifs. True to the number so synonymous with the brand itself, the high-waist skinny will be offered in 7 different shades of matte-coated red denim – from pink to rouge noir, in texture cunningly akin to lipstick – and several animal prints. A mini-dress, sleeveless top, flared top, shorts and jacket are also offered in similar fabrications.
Denim in 7 different shades of blue, a handful of bright neon hues and sprinkles of sangallo lace make up for the second delivery, out in May, which also includes hi-wasted flares, a playsuit, a bomber and a peplum top.
The seamless marriage of atelier shape and denim creates an electrifying tension that conveys a vibrant idea of fresh, metropolitan elegance, which is highlighted by immaculate attention to detail. Denim is worked as a luxurious medium: fabric-dyed or fabric-bleached, it gives each piece a never-before-seen character, with gros grain trims used for closures and tags adding another luxurious treat.
Priced from $350 to $650 (from €280 to €530), the collection will be launched globally through 7 For All Mankind retail stores, Saks Fifth Avenue and multi-brand stores worldwide, and will also be available through the 7 For All Mankind web channel.
When it comes to jeans, Levi’s are a classic, especially the 501 fit. Retailer Net-A-Porter has teamed up with Levi’s to launch a special updated version of the Levi’s 501, the 501 CT Jeans.
Made in San Francisco, the 501 CT takes 72 hours to craft, featuring a customized tapered leg for a more modern fit, and is crafted from selvedge denim sourced from North Carolina. Prices start at $380 and the jeans come in three washes: black, medium, and light blue. They are currently available for purchase online at Net-A-Porter.com.
Levi’s has just launched its Spring 2015 Made in the USA line, as the premium expression of the Red Tab collection, with a focus on the Levi’s icons. I’ve included the 8 pieces in the gallery below so you can check them out.They include the 501 jeans, 501 shorts, the Trucker and the Sawtooth Western Shirt.
Made in the USA is a nod back to the Levi’s roots, with a modern take on classic styles. Only Levi’s selvedge denim is produced on vintage looms with the signature red stitch signaling craftsmanship, quality and style. The branding and tone is straightforward, honest and simple. The look is modern and stylish, focusing on elevating Levi’s current icons while paying homage to Levi’s tradition.
You can also check out the video of the Made in the USA pieces being made, at the factory, just below and you can shop the collection online at the Levi’s website.
One of the UK’s leading department stores, Selfridges, which is known for having one of the best denim departments, has commissioned MasterCraft Union to launch an installation in their Oxford Street Store in London. The installation features paper sculptures that represent some of the artisan techniques used in the manufacturing process. I think the jeans they have used are so cool, I love the dip dye effect! You can see how it looks in the gallery below as well as some of their new jeans. For those of you not familiar with MasterCraft Union, you can read more about it below.
MasterCraft Union is the meeting of great artisanal textile experts. MCU’s denim is hand-woven in a family-run mill in Okayama, the sewing and washing are carried out high in the mountains of Shimane, where hot spring water and volcanic pumice are used to create the finest denim through a mixture of time honoured techniques and experimental processes. Wash technicians are trained over many years and process each jean by hand, leaving to air dry before reworking over and over again.
While using traditional processes in the manufacture of their jeans, MCU’s concept and aesthetic reflects a more modernist approach. From being the first fully factored Japanese denim collection to utilise stretch denim into some of its handcrafted jeans due to the brand’s slimmer, more contemporary fits, to the use of bonded matte black seam-seal tape to replace the traditional leather patch, MCU is the embodiment of refined expertise.
Japanese ‘Washi’ paper is made by hand in the traditional manner using no chemicals. It involves a long and intricate process which is often undertaken in the cold weather of winter, as pure, cold running water is essential to its production. Stronger and more superior than ordinary paper, the paper has been used in Japan for centuries in many traditional arts such as Origami, as well as in various everyday goods.
MasterCraft Union has exclusively pioneered the use of traditionally milled Japanese ‘Washi’ paper with the weave of its handcrafted denim. It gives the wearer all of the benefits of loom-woven 13.5oz Japanese denim, but with an added durability and a lighter weight feel for increased comfort and breathability. Adding paper into the weaving process also allows the denim to retain its 3D shape and has a shorter wear-in time than standard jeans.