Elise Overland: Rock Chic
"With jeans trends, it's not about loving the look. You first have to ask yourself: Does it work for my body?"
Her sexy designs—heavy on the leather—which are mainstays in the rock world. Coveted by Irina Lazareanu and the White Stripes.
"Once designers did corsets and dresses, the world saw denim's potential. Obviously, it's gone beyond casual."
DREAM JEANS: " Low-waist and seriously tight Earnest Sewn jeans are my favorites."
WEARS IT WITH:
"Diamonds, chunky silver jewelry, and sexy shoes. I love rocker style, but I'm still a girl!"
HER TAKE: "
I try to soften the dark, downtown look of denim and leather with silky fabrics in feminine colors."
"Faded blacks or blues that look like you've actually lived in them are always sexier than brand-new."
"Low-cut works for my slim figure, and I stick to it. High-waists, no way."
ELISE'S STYLE TIPS:
- Follow your body type rather than the trend. If you're uncomfortable, lose 'em!
- The older the denim, the more soulful and rock-and-roll it gets.
- Jeans stretch, so go as tight as possible—but not so you can't breathe.
Jeans, $198, Earnest Sewn; jacket, $3000, top, $750, skirt, $915, belt, $625, Elise Overland; shoes, Christian Louboutin; Overland's own jewelry.
Next page: Doo Ri Chung: Modern
Doo-Ri Chung: Modern
"Wearing denim says you don't take yourself too seriously. And now there's denim to match everyone's style. No excuses."
Refashioning jersey into drapey, architectural tops, dresses, and skirts; she honed her vision working at Geoffrey Beene.
"Everyone I went to college with wore the same bleached boot-cuts—that was before denim was made for female bodies!"
"Rag & Bone's skinny leg has just enough stretch. They're the designer's ultimate canvas—the darker, the better."
TAMING THE TREND:
"At first, wide-leg jeans seemed extreme, but with a tank top and flats, it's summer's ideal look."
"Denim is an art in itself; the ease and feel of it is inspiring. How I wear it is creative, I hope, but not over-complicated."
"Dark washes are a great backdrop for any vibrant color. Fabulous for summer brights, as nothing will look too loud."
"Denim has earned a place at formal events. Why not a shrunken jean jacket over an amazing cocktail dress? Or you can top a tailored pair with a beautiful blouse and then add amazing shoes. Do something that hasn't been done."
DOO-RI'S STYLE TIPS:
- Invest in top-quality jeans—just make sure they lie flat in front.
- Colors you might otherwise shy away from look great with deep, dark denim.
- Wear denim fearlessly—with outrageous belts or boots.
Skirt, $26.50, Old Navy; top, $495, Doo.Ri; Chung's own belt and Pierre Hardy shoes.
Next page: Devi Kroell
Devi Kroell: Tailored
"If the butt fits, wear them! And once you find your perfect jeans, buy several pairs—in different washes—to last you."
Her signature python hobo bags, seen on fashionistas' arms (Kate Hudson, Sienna, and Reese are fans).
"At 14, I finally rebelled against my parents' no-denim rule and bought myself a light blue, oversize, straight-cut pair. I wouldn't go near them today."
"Since two years ago, when Rag & Bone made the Devi jean for me, it's all I wear. I have it in 10 washes."
WEARS IT WITH:
"Tailored tops and statement accessories. They take denim to the luxury level."
"When I was creating my very first python hobo, my muse was a classic girl wearing jeans and a T-shirt. I provided the posh accent."
"My favorite style for work is just under the waist. Nothing too trendy; it just needs to be comfortable when I'm down on the floor with materials strewn everywhere."
"When worn with jeans, even super-high-end accessories and the perfect-cut blazer won't look over-the-top."
DEVI'S STYLE TIPS:
- Stick to a few straightforward denim mainstays—key for a clean look.
- If you find a new favorite, buy two: Get one long enough to wear with heels, and tailor the other to go with your best flats.
Jeans, $242, jacket, $495, Rag & Bone; top, $16, American Apparel; bag, $3190, Devi Kroell; Kroell's own ring.
Next Page: Catherine Holstein
Catherine Holstein: Eclectic
"I keep all my old jeans for the daughter I hope to have someday. Whatever's out will come back in style eventually."
Her first collection of playful luxe pieces, which flew out of Barneys New York.
"I was a huge tomboy as a kid, so my first denim memory is OshKosh B'Gosh overalls, which I wore with a striped T-shirt. Not too far from my style now."
"Skinny jeans with long crotches are perfect because I love them to be a little slouchy. French designer Isabel Marant does them really well."
"I've collected maybe 60 or 70 pairs that go in and out of style. I wear or store accordingly."
"Despite my curves, I lean toward a boyish look, opting for high-waisted pants or shorts. I like to wear them with the painterly Miró-inspired pieces I've designed."
"A black or dark-indigo wash is not only a basic, but universally slimming."
ON JEANS SHOPPING:
"I know what I like, so I'm in and out of the shop in no time. I don't need—or trust!—salespeople."
CATHERINE'S STYLE TIPS:
- Get hems tailored; unless you're going for grunge, shredded jeans just look ratty.
- Jeans should always show off your hips—men will love it.
- Steer clear of microshorts.
- Capris are noncommittal; wear jeans long or wear shorts!
Holstein's own 18th Amendment shorts; cardigan, $368, top, $230, Catherine Holstein; shoes, $780, Marni.