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Karmel & Alden premium denim have released their new fall 09 collection. The Los Angeles-based Karmel & Alden’s new collection ticks all the boxes for current fashion trends. This season sees updates on classics, such as the celebrity favorite, ‘Virginia’ style, as well as the introduction of more directional styles which are right up there with fashion’s continuing obsession with denim cool. In keeping with this idea, Karmel & Alden traveled to the capital of street style, London, to shoot its latest lookbook and PR imagery, bringing together the best of British cool and L.A.’s laidback style. Referencing English artist, David Hockney’s photocollage work (specifically Pearblossom Highway #2) and Karmel & Alden’s L.A. roots, the result is a vintage-inspired shoot by fashion photographer, Julia Kennedy and art di- rected by Lucy Spink. Key looks include a new, super-fitted denim legging style available in deep navy blue and pale blue. The ‘Brooke’ jean has a white lightning wash and is a sure-fire bestseller, along with the lightweight ‘Gabrielle’ skinny jean in a pale blue, tie-dye wash. Everyone’s favourite boyfriend jean, the ‘Caitlin’, is now available in a washed down, destructed finish and this season look out for the ‘Scarlett’ boyfriend short! For a more retro look, the ‘Monica’ has the ideal-sized flare in lightweight, butter-soft denim- perfect with a pair of platforms to complete the 70s look. Other styles include the best-selling ‘Virginia’, available in various washes and the straight-leg ‘Bridget’ jean in deep indigo blue. Founded in 2006, Karmel & Alden is dedicated to continuing the American love of denim which has existed since the fabric was first introduced to the USA in the mid-19th century. Karmel & Alden quickly established itself as a premium denim label whose collections pay homage to the vintage denim styles and washes that have been worn by all sectors of American society- from the gold miners of the 1860s and the farm workers and cowboys of the early 20th century American West, to the teenage greasers and rockabillies of the 1950s and hippies of the 1960s. Designed and manufactured entirely in Los Angeles, Karmel & Alden uses only the best fabrics to achieve what has become a denim line known for its perfect fit, excellent styling, unparalleled workmanship and attention to detail, culminating in an impeccable end product. Karmel & Alden is stocked in over 90 independent and online stores across the USA and is worn by celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Audrina Partridge, Brody Jenner and Robert Knepper.
4 Stroke’s launch of the Fall ‘09 line will amaze the fashion world beginning this trade show season. The provocative line, titled Invision/Invasion, shows the scope of the label under the design direction of Nathaniel Freeman. The second offering is an impressive take on the photography of Josef Koudelka’s book, Invasion 68: Prague.
Freeman fuses the spirit of the resistance of Czech protesters towards the Russian invasion of Prague into the design of 4 Stroke’s New York City appeal. The result proved to be successful as Fall ‘09 is set to birth a new direction in denim. The collection introduces the “work-wear trouser for men and women; keeping washes smokey and dirty on blacktopped green selvage denim, 100% pima cotton with black fill and white with black fill denim,” says Freeman. “Also, color is a big focus with garment dyed denim deep purple, and bright raspberry. “
Striving to elevate the line into the couture realm, the label produced full a denim collection, rather than traditional bottoms. The men’s collection consists of a men’s denim shirt and trench with hard military inspired lines, while the women’s will offer a pillow case dress and reversible denim cloak.
4 Stroke is a designer denim label with its original roots in New York. The line mirrors the city’s unique lifestyle, edge and boldness to seasonally create a captivating collection. The label takes inspiration from iconic moments in history which result in incomparable designs in denim. 4 Stroke is owned by Aalfs Manufacturing – A 100 year old denim manufacturer based in Sioux City, IA and Dallas, TX. The family owned company has been making jeans for Gap, Polo, etc. and 4 Stroke is their first company-branded venture into the premium denim sector. Aalfs has laundries in Mexico which treat and recycle the water to remove impurities and irrigates a portion to the Mexican land.
Here is the Rock & Republic Fall 09 Look Book for men. I think for the men they have really steered away from denim and gone for a more smarter classic look but with an edge. I love some of the styles in here! It’s about time we saw some more male celebs rocking a pair of R&R jeans.