Angelina Jolie totally called it—waxed and coated jeans are MAJOR for the fall, as are a bunch of other trends in the denim space. But don’t let us tell you—let the hottest and most innovative labels show you all you need to know about the denim you’ll be wearing this fall. And do like Lauren Conrad and start wearing them today!
Current/Elliott The Fling in all washes, $258, currentelliott.com
Current/Elliott: The new boyfriend jean. Fashionable celebs from Diane Kruger to Jessica Alba love them some Current/Elliott jeans (they’re always photographed wearing the styles anyway). The Americana feel and flattering fits are so laid-back Hollywood cool and street style friendly. For the fall, the label is updating and melding two trends into one chic style: The Fling, which is a slimmer take on the now-classic (and very popular) boyfriend jean of the summer. And, taking the look up a notch, the Fling comes in sleek waxed versions of either army green with contrast cuffs or street-tough black.
Angel in Oslo, $168, dl1961.com; Emma in Cayman, $168, dl1961.com; Cindy in Valencia, $178, dl1961.com
DL1961: The high-tech, eco-chic jean. The New York-based label DL1961 prides itself on using the coolest technology and the chicest designs to create the utmost in fit and style—and it works. For fall ’13, they’re introducing a brand-new technology called “dlpro,” which uses less water, waste, and dye in the manufacturing. And the result—while much more eco-friendly—also creates a piece with a plush feel, eye-popping colors, and a luxe finish. There are also tons of styles, from red skinnies to high-waisted blues to weekend-easy flares.
Denim Refinery California shore patched Levi’s jacket, $102, denimrefinery.com; crystal stud out jacket, $89, denimrefinery.com; Denim Refinery NYC cap, $38, denimrefinery.com
Founded by SoCal cool girl Janet Sung, Denim Refinery is a pretty damn cool concept. The line not only sells a range of reworked and tricked-out vintage denim-styles, DR also invites you to send in your own favorite denim piece to be custom embellished and “refined” per your choice. How cool is that? Plus, her customization work gives her direct access to all the style developments straight from the street-style-savvy girls.
“Right now, some looks that are trending with DR is the timeless distressed look of course,” Janet tells me. “And also a ‘moto studded’ style we’ve introduced in the shop.”
Denim doesn’t apply to jeans you know, so think about spicing up your fall jackets and button downs, too. Studs and patches (SO 3.1 Phillip Lim) come to mind. I’m also loving the “NYC” baseball cap.
3×1 channel seam coated black and white, $245, 3×1.us; channel seam coated white and black, $245, 3×1.us
3×1: The elevated skinny waxed jean. Started by Scott Morrison, co-founder of Earnest Sewn and Paper, Denim & Cloth, 3×1 is basically a one-stop luxury denim concept. The flagship in SoHo not only sells the line’s ready-to-wear denim collection, it’s also a factory that produces custom-made pieces and made-to-order styles. The interior design is pretty freakin’ cool, too, if you’re ever in the neighborhood. Scott is seeing a “return to authentic denim” for the fall, like washed blacks and grey high-rise styles. And yes, he’s super into the waxed skinny, too, but with an interesting athletic stripe down the inseam of the leg.
“Our W3 high-rise Channel Seam skinny is an obvious highlight,” he says. “This fit looks amazing on almost every woman and every shape! Our high-rise is also great for more coverage or pairing with a crop top for a more edgy look. Plus, the styles are amazing because the narrowed front panels add length and slim your legs. You’ve got to try it to see it in action.”
Uniqlo ultra stretch jeans in color, $40, uniqlo.com
Uniqlo: Bright colored jeans you’ll want to wear all the time. Last spring, I picked up two pairs of Uniqlo’s Ultra Skinny Jeans in two blue shades and wore them ALL season. They feel like jeggings (or even PJs, I’m not kidding), look super cute, pull everything into the place if you know what I mean, and, most important, cost only $40. My friend walked out with four pairs in all the basic shades, but now we might have to go back for about six more because Uniqlo introduced a rainbow of bold, eye-catching colors for the season.
Looks from the RtA fall 2013 collection, available in-store at Bergdorf Goodman and the Atrium, NYC
RtA: The new line to know. Denim label RtA may have only officially launched this fall, but they can already count Kristen Stewart as a fan. (She was spotted in July wearing their super-distressed cuffed boyfriend jeans.) Founders Eli Azran and David Rimokh describe their label as “fashion basics” that are effortless and natural to wear.
“We focused on two-tone, waxed, and denim treated jeans,” they explain. “Being such huge fans of leathers and denims, we really wanted to try to achieve the perception of wearing both while still wearing jeans.”
I’m loving the mixed-media denim and leather pieces that have a menswear type of vibe but still stay sleek and feminine to the shape. Gorge.