Prior to the explosion in reproduction Japanese denim, Evisu was arguably one of the most denim brands. Hoping to recapture a growing segment of die-hard denim fiends, the brand has mounted a large campaign for their 2009 spring Heritage collection. While a full break-down of what’s in store can be seen over at their blog, here’s a quick summary. The No1Special (unsanforized) and No2 (sanforized) models have been re-released. Softer left-hand twill versions can be seen via the No13Left model. Other models include the No3 D85 “Rising Sun” Selvedge and the No4 open-yarn woven jean which unlike traditional ringspun has different wearing properties. Looking forward to the fall, Evisu will release an exotic sulphur rope-dyed ringspun black selvedge piece as well. Based on the following offerings, Evisu could gain some old fans in the upcoming seasons.
No1Special is unsanforized japanese selvage denim woven in Osaka by Kaihara Corps Ltd. Unsanforized denim is the most authentic cloth, as used on the very earliest jeans. It has a slightly hairy surface and the warp and weft yarns are quite loose. When it is first washed, the yarn fibers will contract, making the denim much tighter, and causing the garment to shrink. Another effect will be leg twist or skewing. Skewed legs are a sure sign of true vintage jeans. No1Special is cut in shrink-to-fit blocks (e.g. 0001stf), so you should buy your normal size for preshrunk jeans and hot soak them before wearing. We recommend soaking them at one of the many hot springs about 100 km south of Osaka, but if that’s not possible a warm bathtub and a cup of sake will suffice.
No2 denim is identical to No1Special, but sanforized. woven in Osaka Japan on half-width shuttle looms with signature pink selvage. No2 is a mid-to heavy-weight 13.7 oz denim and has a deep blue tone with a very slight red caste. The sanforization process was invented by Sanford Cluett in 1933 and involves passing the unfinished cloth through heated rubber rollers, causing the fibers to shrink and stretching the fabric into a stable state, which will not alter with washing. Sanforizing also prevents the jeans from skewing (twisting). Lastly, the singeing process takes off the hairy surface: before 1933, all denim was unsanforized (like our No1Special).
I’ve never seen photos of Kate Winslet in jeans but I really like this look. She is shown at The Reader premier in Berlin, wearing a pair of J Brand bootcut jeans paired with a blazer and pumps. I love the way she’s dressed up her jeans and still looks elegant.
I think this look deserves an Oscar!
AnnaLynne McCord arrived blowing kisses at an Armani event in Hollywood wearing none other than a pair of Armani Exchange Black Wings Logo Jeans. I’m undecided on these jeans…I really don’t like the back pockets but the fit looks great on her. What do you readers think of them?
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Actress Hilary Duff stops by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to get coffee in Sherman Oaks wearing J Brand Skinny jeans.
Hilary was recently cast to reprise Faye Dunaway’s role as the original Bonnie in the classic movie, Bonnie & Clyde. To that, Faye’s response was, “couldn’t they at least cast a real actress?”
Ms. Duff responded, “I think that my fans that are going to go see the movie don’t even know who she is.” Duff went on to say, “I think it was a little unnecessary, but I might be mad if I looked like that now, too.”
Personally, I thought Hilary’s sting was true but not a well thought out reply.
What’s your opinion?
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