Denim & Jeans
Paige Adams-Geller is the founder of Paige Premium Denim, one of the most beloved denim brands by women worldwide. Having been a fit model for numerous denim labels (many of which had male designers at its helm), Paige sought out to create classic styles, washes and fits – for real women, by a woman. Now, the label also includes men’s, maternity and kids lines in addition to women’s. And who’s worn her jeans? Just about every celebrity you can think of – and most of the women we know. Paige kindly took time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for us – dishing about her personal closet staples to her tips on finding the perfect jean (to make your butt look great – because that’s what really counts, right?). Read on!
The Daily Obsession: You began as a fit model for top denim brands. How do you think that experience has shaped your brand, and helped differentiate you from other denim labels?
Paige Adams-Geller: I got to learn the ins and outs of the business by observing some of the most innovative and creative designers in the industry. I learned about seam placement, pocket structure and more. But more than anything I saw a hole! Most of the designers were men; they didn’t understand a women’s body, her curves and her desire for a classic jean. I was able to take what I learned from them and create a product that puts a women’s perspective on it.
TDO: You’re one of the very few premium denim designer to incorporate larger sizes into your line. How did it come about that you broke that 24-32 mold?
PAG: A lot of designers have an idea of their ideal customer – that was the mold I wanted to break. I wanted every girl to be able to wear my designs not just tall girls or slim girls, etc. I had grown up in the modeling industry and knew what kind of mentality it breeds, and I wanted to fight that kind of conformity. (more…)
There are a lot of jeans that I try on and love, but there’s one pair that I’ve been coveting for months. Ever since I first spotted them at Fred Segal, I’ve been wanting to own Paige Premium Denim’s Robertson cut in the Dark Clean wash.
Pretty much everything about these jeans is perfection. They’re soft and comfortable, which is important because as far as I’m concerned there’s nothing worse than jeans that look good, but are so uncomfortable you find yourself dreaming of sweats the second you put them on. They have a medium rise, so they’re not high enough to cut into your torso (SO not attractive) or so low that you have to be careful every time you bend over to pick something up (a new requirement of mine after I accidentally flashed the mailman last week). They also have a trendy wide leg, which looks great with my favorite heels, and the back pockets magically manage to make my butt look better than any of the jeans already in my closet. (I know this from the many times I’ve visited “my” pair and looked at them in the dressing room mirror). The only reason I don’t own them already is that I’m trying to be responsible and ration out my jean buying so I don’t end up homeless one day, with only my extensive denim collection to keep me warm… (more…)
Susie Crippen, the co-founder of J Brand and former Hollywood stylist, is undoubtedly a powerhouse in the fashion industry. Launched in 2005 with denim manufacturer Jeff Rudes, J Brand is known for classic, clean fits that appeal to the everyday woman because they’re comfortable, sophisticated and sexy. Their styles – from the Pencil to the Love Story – are beloved by many women and have propelled J Brand into becoming one of the top denim brands. Susie not only knows what the latest trends are, but she also is definitely a tastemaker! She kindly shared what she is obsessing over this month with us, so click below to see what she had to say: (more…)
Everyone loves a great shopping deal, so I’m happy to share a great boutique find with our Chicago readers. The owners of the Denim Lounge and Madison and Friends have opened an outlet store in the Lincoln Park area, which will carry merchandise at 30%-90% off! The Denim Lounge specializes in jeans and casual wear for adults, with brands like LaROK, Splendid, Chip & Pepper, and Rock and Republic. Madison and Friends focuses on unique clothing for children, including lines like Joe’s Jeans, Juicy Couture, and Flowers by Zoe. With the Outlet, shopping for yourself and your family is now a one-stop endeavor–and at low prices, too.
The Outlet is open from Wednesday to Sunday, and stocked with new merchandise from the 2 stores every week. Be on the look out for limited edition pieces and sample sizes straight from designer showrooms! The Outlet is located on 1963 N. Halsted St.
It’s always nice when I can combine one of my true fashion obsessions (jeans) with a worthwhile cause (helping the environment). Joe’s Jeans are already one of my favorite denim lines because of their flattering cuts and colors (I counted five pairs in my closet and I’m fairly sure there’s another pair hiding somewhere), but this month they’re introducing a new organic line that I’m super excited about.
Available in two washes, Cline (a light color) and Olivia (a darker shade), the jeans are made of 100% organic cotton with organic washes and dyes. There are no chemicals in the fabric at all – even the hang tags are made of 100% recycled paper. And for those of you who don’t know much about organic materials and worry that it won’t be comfortable, think again. The jeans are thin (perfect for summer nights) and super soft, which makes them perfect for both lying on the couch watching TV and dressing up for a night out. It looks like I’m going to have to make room in my closet for another pair. The jean obsession continues!
The Cline and Olivia washes will be available starting this month. They retail for $176 and can be found at all stores where Joe’s Jeans are sold (Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, etc.) and at www.joesjeans.com/shop.
Aristocratic Denim was put on our radar within the last couple months and after viewing the collection, we find ourselves obsessed. Founded by denim pioneer, Bob Bak, Artistocrat is all about “blending craftsmanship, technology, and most importantly, style.” Before launching Aristocrat in Spring 2007, Bak worked for brands such as Chanel, Diesel, Cavalli and Kenzo where he was “hired to create the style, wash and look of the denim line based on each designerâ€™s vision.” (more…)
Tara Swennen is one of the most sought-after stylists in the industry. She trained under Andrea Lieberman and Rachel Zoe, and her client list reads like the who’s who of Hollywood including: Sarah Michelle Geller, Lauren Graham, Angie Harmon, Lindsay Lohan and Eric Dane among others. Her work has also been featured in ad campaigns for brands like Canon and Linea Pelle, as well as in editorials such as Esquire, People and Entertainment Weekly. For our latest “Insider’s Obsessions,” we asked Tara to name her 5 must-haves for the month and here’s what she had to say: (more…)
I am currently in the market for new jeans. I’m talking about a total revamp of my denim collection – even if it’s not a very big collection. Most of mine are worn out or frayed at the bottom (despite tailoring), which is an inevitable side effect of being petite. They are totally fine for casual SoCal weekends, but I need more presentable ones for work. Naturally, I’ve been scouring the web for the best pairs – and may have found the perfect pair of wide-legged jeans in the Ginger Jean by 7 For All Mankind (a favorite of jean-wearers everywhere). Indeed, Ginger has found fans in Cameron Diaz (pictured above), Heidi Klum, Liv Tyler and Jessica Alba – just to name a few.
Ahh, but what makes it so special? The Ginger is a wide-leg jean featuring a resin finish, tonal hardware and tonal stitching for a seamless trouser effect. It “sits on the hips and skims the thigh before loosening to create an ultra wide leg opening.” My pick is the Naples wash, which is inspired by the Mediterranean. Thus, the wash is deep navy with a slight sheen, but without any type of distressing or fading. It’s exactly how I like my denim. I think the cut keeps legs looking long and lean, while the wash is incredibly versatile and can take you from day to night easily. Ahh, yes…this pair goes to the top of my denim wishlist. Pick them up for $175 at the 7 For All Mankind website.
Side note: If you have suggestions for denim…please send them my way!!! I’d love to hear what you think are the best pairs – the brand, the wash, the style – to own.
Photo credit: Wireimage, courtesy of 7FAM
So, I have to admit to being a bit conflicted about the skinny jean, but I did have to share this pic of Anne Hathaway on TRL earlier this week, sporting some of the cutest skinnies I’ve seen in a while. She’s wearing the Roxanne by Seven for all Mankind, in the fabulously dark and sexy Mercer wash. Now granted, it’s Anne Hathaway, so it’s not like she has buckets of flaws to correct. But I do think they’re doing some serious props for her already-gorgeous figure. Plus, as the designer jeans go, the Roxannes clock in well on the “reasonable” end of the price scale at $149.
Grab your star style at 7FAM’s website, and rock the Roxannes with all of those gorgeous tummy-hiding tunic tops we’ve been buying up like crazy this year.
This pair of Stilt jeans by AG is a great alternative the traditional dark denim – and is a huge trend for the upcoming season. Long and lean, these jeans have a high back rise and a slim cigarette leg. The electric blue hue is a great shot of color for your wardrobe; the feel is a little retro, but super fun and bold. Wear it with simple items, letting the jeans be the focus of your outfit. Retails for $163 at Azalea Boutique.