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July 22, 2008

Find Your Signature Denim Style

Take four of today's freshest designers with very different signature styles and see how they run with the most ordinary fabric: denim.

elise overland signature style

Elise Overland: Rock Chic

Photo Credit: Taghi Naderzad

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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?"

KNOWN FOR: Her sexy designs—heavy on the leather—which are mainstays in the rock world. Coveted by Irina Lazareanu and the White Stripes.

ON DENIM: "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."

ON WASH: "Faded blacks or blues that look like you've actually lived in them are always sexier than brand-new."

ON FIT: "Low-cut works for my slim figure, and I stick to it. High-waists, no way."


  • 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

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