Catherine Ryu is on a mission to save your butt from saggy denim.Citizens of Humanity‘s latest line, Sculpt, includes body-contouring jeans that shape and lift without losing their stretch. Sure, it sounds like a mythological material—a golden fleece or Firebird feathers wrought by a jean genie—but we assure you it’s real and will be in stores mid-September.
We got the scoop on Sculpt—plus, word on Ryu’s personal denim collection and spiritual beach reading.
What about the Sculpt fabric makes it so good at shaping and lifting?
Ten years ago, a polyester yarn that’s much, much stronger than cotton and elastic came into play. That technology has evolved a lot and is one of the components that gives the Sculpt fabric its power stretch and recovery. There’s also the component of it being a blended fabric. It’s a cotton-rayon blend that can drape luxuriously yet stretch and recover really well.
Fit is also a big factor.
From the waist measurement to the rise to the thigh measurement—we calculated all those things to make the fabric work. For the Sculpt capsule launch, we have our iconic Rocket skinny, which is our number-one fit, and our Fleetwood flare. The fabric is so drapey, we felt like it would give the flare a more trouser vibe versus a casual boot-cut feel.
Flares are huge right now. What’s Citizens’s take on the trend?
Flares are from the ’70s, so we wanted to explore ways of reinventing them. We added flares to Sculpt to give them a more performance aspect and dressier expression. We also did some really authentic flares with worn washes and holes to give them attitude.
Remember when the only acceptable day to wear jeans at work was Casual Friday? How far we’ve come since denim was strictly off-duty. Lately our office hosts denim-on-denim (sometimes -on-denim) showdowns—and we don’t mind one bit.
The material has been assimilated into all lifestyles, evolving from its workwear roots to become a staple of an elegant wardrobe. To that end, we can’t wait to wear these jeans this fall. When it comes to just-right denim that works at work and on the weekends, these brands have earned their reputations through innovation.
What’s the best thing about this image from the 1986 Nordstrom catalog? Well, all that denim is certainly not to be undervalued.
But check out what homegirl all the way on the left is doing with her shirt tails through her belt loops. Tying a knot in the front is an established style move. But going through the loops and knotting to create a smallish exposed triangle–that’s next-level.
The star of all-star jam “FourFiveSeconds” is definitely Rihanna, singing hard and being a badass and crying, performing with Sir Paul McCartney and the current King of Pop, Kanye West. Not the first time McCartney has collaborated with a K.o.P, BTW.
But from a style POV? The star is Rihanna’s jean jacket and leather-belt-tied-like-a-tie combo. Kanye West did the styling, selecting vintage Sean Jean denim. Which means for all you retro trend watchers out there, it’s time dig up your late-’90s/turn-of-the-millennium hip-hop gear like Fubu and Karl Kani.
A lot to think about? Maybe, but thinking keeps the brain warm—if not the body. And depending on where you’re at right now, you can probably use all the heat you can get.
Which brings us to this image from Marie Claire Netherlands’ new February 2015 issue in which photographer David Cohen de Lara and stylist Marjolein Mos stage model Sophie Vlaming in a sort of winter-on-top, spring-on-the-bottom kind of situation.
(And those eyebrows? Yeah, we should probably talk about those sometime soon, too.)
In the meantime, may we invite you to steal this look with our handily selected picks?
This week, we welcomed RtA to via C. The brainchild of design duo Eli Azran and David Rimokh, RtA (Road to Awe) is an LA-based brand that has already caught the attention of industry notables and celebs like Kristen Stewart—who knows a thing or two about style. Over the course of a year, what started as a collection of bottoms has grown to include modern tops and jackets with an urban edge.
“For RtA, the pair eschewed special washes and trendy prints in favor of classic designs that won’t go out of style, from a distressed boyfriend set (our personal pick) to standard indigo skinnies.” —Harper’s Bazaar
“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.” —Glamour
“The designers have created cool jeans and leather pants with a rock’n’roll vibe that are so desirable, we have a feeling many a style star will be wearing the covetable duds come fashion week.” —Who What Wear
Whether it’s dressed up or worn casually, denim’s effortless appeal can’t be denied. AG design director and surf enthusiast Mark Wiesmayr walks us through the brand’s spring 2014 collection and, in the process, bares the infinite possibilities of this durable and ever-evolving fabric.
On why denim has a universal cool factor: “It’s a ubiquitous fabric. It was made as workwear originally, so it never pretends to be too formal, and after wearing it throughout the last 160 years, we accept indigo as being a part of the monochrome family. It’s wearable with anything. Effortless is how so many of us want to appear, and that is part of denim’s cool factor. The way denim can be treated and given so many different finishes is also a part of being able to express our own individuality, without being too far out from the crowd.”