Yet another celebrity and singer is moving onto the denim fashion scene. None other than country star Toby Keith, famous for his head to toe denim looks and country swagger, is now also the name and face behind a new line of menswear–that will most likely retail at a lower price point–somewhere from $20 to $60.
The line, which will feature not only jeans and other denim pieces (jackets and button downs too), will also include t-shirts, polo shirts, baseball hats and even leather wrist straps and bandanas for the men out there who really want to channel that down home look. The line, appropriately named “TK Steelman”, will debut on February 18th at Keith’s Vegas restaurant “I Love This Bar & Grill” (after his song of course) located in the famous Harrah’s.
Sorry guys, no pics for now…but, I bet if you close your eyes and conjure up an image of TK himself, you’ll pretty accurately be able to imagine what men ages 24-55 are going to be buying at Target, Wal-Mart and even Macy’s when they pick up some of the new TK Steelman line starting in March.
I’m allowed to veer slightly off topic every once in a while, right? I am sooooo excited for this Alexander McQueen line to be released at Target. While there will be denim in McQueen’s line for Target, I’m pretty sure it won’t be designer. My Honey should be MEGA scared of what the credit card bill will show for Target in March!
Alexander McQueen, will be drawing from his McQ collection (that means girlie TOUGH) for his limited-run McQ Alexander McQueen for Target line, available March 1 through April 11, with rock n’ roll influence, studs, and tattoo-print fabrics. Go International will still be continuing, because it focuses on emerging designers, and additional designer collaborations are said to be in the pipeline.
“The collection has a muted color palette of black, white, gray and tan with accents of cobalt blue and bright pink. Studs and meshgive items an edge. For example, a chambray sleeveless shirtdress has stud detailing, there’s a mesh wrap dress and an open yarn zipper cardigan. Graphic prints and silk-screen photographs give tunics, dresses and T-shirts visual interest. The Leila silk-screen T-shirt with a necklace collar was designed for The Duke Spirit lead singer, while other band members are immortalized on a sleeveless jersey T-shirt.”
from WWD, FabSugar, Designers for Target
From Josh Spear:
Leave it to the Dutch to do something completely different. Denim manufacture Glue Jeans does just what their company name implies: instead of stitching the denim together, they’ve glued it with a super holding glue. What seems like a cleaver gimmick actually looks really cool. Raw denim next to the heavy lines of red glue gives it a sharp look. It’s different enough to turn heads, but subtle enough to leave people wondering. Glue Jeans has tested their product’s durability for the past two years.
Glue Jeans are definitely original… but they are also U-G-L-Y!
So it’s been seen on just about everyone from our girls Katie and SJP to Drew Barrymore and even Penelope Cruz too. Closed Denim, founded in Italy and originally created for Postal workers in Germany, might be the next big indie line out there with most every staple jean style you’d care to wear, as well some fun and unexpected items too.
What really sets Closed apart however, is not just its vintage framework or its feel-good working class origins. At least, that’s not what did it for me. While all of that marketing genuis is more than fantastic (and you all know how I love a great ad campaign to get a company on a roll!), what I appreciate even more is actual and genuine design autonomy, exquisite fabrics and true attention to detail. And, lucky for Closed, they’ve nailed it on all accounts in my book.
Calling themselves a “total look” of “sophisticated casualwear”…”a constant dialogue between functionality and innovation,” the Closed brand not only offers denim for women and men, but also some adorable childrens wear, and shoes and accessories too.
Here are some of my favorite denim looks:
So, if you are still not a fan, I encourage you to go and check out the rest of their 2009 Collection at Closed.com, because this is certainly not all they’ve got. Their range of washes, their color palette and their fabric choices are kind of unreal…I mean, start thinking Jil Sander lights (Creative Director for Closed is currently former Jil Sander Designer Sophie Lewis btw…) to DVF brights…dresses, belts, chinos, gladiator sandals, even silk tops…Whatever your passion, they’re doing it nicely over there…
Also, be sure check out our fave Yoox.com for some great buys from the 2008 collection too!