Friday, August 27, 2010

Denim Review: Curve Appeal

This is my first denim review and I have the pleasure of kicking off this new aspect of Designer Denim Science with a bang!

Curve Appeal is a brand new denim line created by the Mamiye Group that caters to the real women and encourages them to embrace their curves. The line was launched earlier this month at Nordstrom department stores and retails at an affordable $88-$98 a pair. The line is actually called denim shapewear and is the first of its kind. Women of all ages and body types will appreciate these thigh-slimming, bum-lifting jeans.

The jeans are currently available in three styles: Enchanting Skinny, Captivating Bootcut and Gorgeous Straight Leg and they come in a variety of washes. I had the good fortune of test driving a pair of Enchanting Skinnys in a dark blue.

I knew that Curve Appeal was on to something when my husband offered to take me to the movies on a week night and made one request:  "wear the new jeans you just got." If you know anything about me you know that I am denim-obsessed and that I have upwards of 100 pairs of great fitting premium jeans in my closet so for him to make that request is a big deal.

Pros
                                                                                                                               me in the jeans
*The jeans are extremely comfortable
* The skinny jeans are not so narrow at the ankles that you can barely stick your foot through them.
*The comfortable stretchy waistband allows you to enjoy a satisfying meal without having to unbutton the top button. (What? everybody deserves a satisfying meal)
* The dark blue wash is mesmerizing.
*The patented bottom booster really seems to work, and we all know that the rear view is what separates the sexy jeans from the work around the house jeans.
* Head Turnability: HIGH

Cons

The only con is that the tummy flattening panels felt a bit bulky to me and I was worried that they would also look bulky but in actuality the mirror did not reflect what I was feeling and the front of the jeans looked natural and flat.
I think I'm just not used to wearing shapewear and as the evening progressed I got used to the extra support.

Conclusion

Hooray for Curve Appeal!
My Enchanting Skinny Curve Appeal jeans are keepers and for $88-$98 I am going to pack up the kids and head to mall to try on the bootcuts and the straight legs.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Shoe Shopping For Fall

The only things I like about the end of summer are the upcoming holidays and fall shopping. I found a great place to shop for shoes just in time for back to school;  it's called Jildor Shoes and the company has actually been in business for over sixty years! They carry close to a hundred brands of footwear including hot styles from Stuart Weitzman, Chloe, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Diane Von Furstenberg.

Their selection of shoes is out of this world. They carry flats, heels, sandals, sneakers and more. When it comes to boots , which are my fall favorites, they offer ankle boots, tall boots and everything in between. The site allows you to shop by category, style and even heel height and color to save time. I personally am in no hurry when I am shopping from the comfort of my own home and I get to drool over Tory Burch, Frye and Michael Kors designs.

If you are like me and saving money is a priority you will appreciate the sales section at Jildor. It is filled with styles from the same designers as the main section including Jeffrey Campbell, Cole Haan and Steve Madden at affordable prices.


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Monday, August 23, 2010

Maroon 5 Lead Singer Launches New Clothing Line

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Musician Adam Levine of Maroon 5 perfroms during the 2007 American Music Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 18, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Adam Levine, the lead singer of the band Maroon 5 has launched a new clothing line called 222. 222 is reported to be Levine's lucky number as well as part of the address of Maroon 5's recording studio.

If you are at all familiar with Maroon 5 you would have noticed that Levine has a very unique sense of style for a rocker, often sporting tailored suits while performing his elaborate dance moves. His line however is described as casual and free of embellishment and includes jeans, leather jackets and tee shirts for both men and women and silk dresses, knit tops and wraps for women.



All In The Fanily

Levine is embarking on this fashion adventure with his father Fred Levine who operated M. Frederic Boutiques in California for 30 years and with his cousin Sammi Cooper who ownes the facility where the clothing line will be produced.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Video On Making Jeans

I found this great video on Denimology of designer Loren Cronk making a pair of jeans. He actually cuts out fabric and makes a gorgeous pair of jeans in a 2 minute video. I was amazed by this and wanted to share it with you guys.




Mr. Cronk has a store in Brooklyn, NY-my hometown.

According to nbcny.com Mr. Cronk has jeans that range from $69-$600 for his custom collection.
The store is by appointment only from from Monday-Thursday and is open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on Friday to Sunday.

It is located at 82 Nassau Street, Brooklyn ,NY, 11222 in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn.

I definitely will go check it out the next time I'm home for the weekend.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Great Brands at Bluefly.com

If you're looking for a great place to help you enhance your wardrobe consider bluefly.com. The site is very attractive and user friendly and the selection of brands is incredible. They carry awesome creations from, literally, hundreds of designers like Gucci, Robert Rodriguez and Michael Kors.

Bluefly offers clothing, shoes and accessories for women and men and they even advise visitors of the latest fashion trends. I am a huge fan of Cole Haan shoes and accessories and Bluefly has a large selection for men and women.

I, of course, have to mention the jeans. Bluefly has a crazy array of denim to choose from including Seven for All Mankind, Joe's Jeans, Hudson and jeans from popular designers like Marc-by-Marc Jacob.

What I love most about the site is that they always have a sale going on. In addition to their already discounted prices there is also a sale section. I actually spotted a few pairs of premium jeans for under $50!
You know I'm lovin' that...


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Robin's Jean Jeans and Leggings: Can You Handle The Attention?

Robin's Jean, created by french designer Robin Chretien has finally launched a website.  The jeans are very unique, attention getters thanks to the sexy fit and the considerable amount of bling on the back pockets. They often have the racy winged logo emblazoned above the back pockets in shiny silver or gold thread and are often heavily studded. They offer some more conservative styling but if you have the confidence and can handle your sexy, you might as well enjoy the head turning that you and your hot jeans will definitely cause.

When I attended fashion trade shows in NYC, Robin's booth was always jam-packed with buyers but only a certain, adventurous personality type will have the... guts to actually purchase and wear these. I have three pairs and I love them.









Many of my readers have come to the site in search of the Robin's Leggings. Below are photos of the latest  leggings styles.


The price range for these jeans is from $189-$459. (ouch!)