Demi Lovato wore a pair of custom made Paige Premium black Skyline skinnys. These jeans were hand torn and washed by Paige for Demi, she wanted something a little different to wear on stage each night performing. She wore these jeans jeans each night, just changing her tops. Demi even slipped down the stairs in one of her performances bless her, but she got back up and laughed it off. Don’t worry though, if you adore these jeans! Paige loves them so much they will be available to buy next month!! Yay! In the mean time you can check out these black skinnys and tear them up yourself! Nothing like DIY jeans customized to your preference.
While many denim companies have been shifting to utilizing organic cotton and fair trade practices, it appears that these practices may not be as environmentally friendly as once thought. Manufacturing denim draws on water, electric resources, while using harsh chemicals for dyes and treatments. It wasn’t until Levi’s examined their production process, which revealed that “making one pair of 501′s required almost 920 gallons of water, 400 megajoules of energy and expelled 32 kilograms of carbon dioxide. Levi’s said this was equivalent to running a garden hose for 106 minutes, driving 78 miles and powering a computer for 556 hours”
Given these high statistics and the economy, it seems that everyone is looking for a change, “Everyone is trying to uncover ways to save money and energy,” said Andrew Olah, chief executive officer of Olah Inc., a U.S. agent for foreign contract manufacturers and textile and hardware vendors targeting denim designers. “The chemical companies who supply dyestuff are making it more and more irresistible. Change is happening, step by step, mill by mill.”
One of the first denim brands to start making changes is Jeanologia, a Spanish company. They have released two products with the aims of lowering water usage and energy. They released a new washer, the G2, which uses a combination of water and air, rather than chemicals and water to achieve desired denim color. The G2 washer will reduce chemical, water, and energy usage. It also cuts production time and energy consumption almost in half. This is significant because the brand has estimated that 158 billion gallons of water and 1.3 million tons of chemicals are used to make produce jeans. By adoption of the G2, Jeanologia estimates that it can conserve enough water to provide drinking water for up to 8 months in Spain.
Image of the G2 washing machine
The company has also perfected a technique to achieve the distressed denim look, in under a minute, which eliminates the need for chemical abrasives, which pollute the environment. Other companies such as DyStar, Novozymes, and Lenzing fibers have pioneered the way for environmentally friendly dyes that are less harsh and use less chemicals.
Jeans from Replay, a collection that uses environmentally friendly dyes.
Despite these advances, the change towards more eco-friendly dyes and practices has been slow. Some feel that this could be contributed to the primary focus of aesthetics when it comes to fashion. These new technologies have not been perfected and can result in inconsistent dying and fit, as Leah Eckelberger, owner of Boston’s Jean Therapy, expressed. She also stated that while, “We do have customers that come in and ask for it, but what trumps the eco-friendly aspect is the fit, wash and style,” it is really the lack of both that leaves her skeptical.
However, these advances of technology are a step in the right direction towards eco friendly measures and will continue to be perfected. After all, Levi’s wasn’t built in a day!
Article and photos from WWD.com
Ashley Tisdale was snapped by her new Mercedes Benz G550 visiting her friend in West Hollywood. She was wearing her Siwy Hannah Slim Crop Jeans which she has been seen in before, they seem to be a favourtie of hers and suit her figure perfectly… Teamed with the white cardi and Chanel flats she is wearing, this gives a very casual cool look.
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Adam Lambert performs at American Idols Live! Tour 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California wearing a custom studded Levi’s vest, a denim shirt and studded jeans. We told you studded denim was hot and Adam has taken the studded trend almost over the top, but I think rockstars (or even wanna-be rockstars) can get away with the over the top look. I actually love this whole outfit on him, well done Adam!
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