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Citizens of Humanity Creative Director Catherine Ryu on the Brand’s New Contouring Denim and Yogic Reads

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.

Catherine Ryu, Citizens of Humanity creative director

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.

The Fleetwood Flare by Sculpt

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What to Get for Mother’s Day with The Hive’s Sara Riff & Melissa Magsaysay

Moms know best, so we asked some of the coolest ones we know to give us the skinny on personal style, what motherhood means to them and, of course, what’s on their wish list as May 10 approaches.

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As cofounders of The Hive, a style blog that’s all about chic mamas, LA-based Melissa Magsaysay and Sara Riff are totally tapped into what it means to be on the go while simultaneously of the moment. When the laptops close, the two turn their attention to chasing after toddlers: Magsaysay’s son, Miles, and Riff’s daughter, Tatiana Plum.

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Street Style: Chloe at Issey Miyake

I’m glad denim is still so present at Fashion Week. It’s nice to see some looks that are actually wearable on a day-to-day basis. Chloe’s textural coat is amazing and is a fantastic color for spring. Her hits of poppy red brighten up the look, while an oversize jumper and cuffed jeans keep it casual.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Street Report: Christine Outside Haider Ackermann

Christine Centenera, Vogue Australia’s fashion editor, is a tough cookie to catch on camera. Christine has fashion-forward taste, and a sense of minimalism as well. She is rocking the Fashion Week denim trend today with her cropped skinny jeans and stilettos. Her kitschy metallic top is a statement piece, while her long black maxi keeps the look sleek.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Street Report: Jessica Outside Rodarte

Jessica Minkoff, Marie Claire’s senior market editor, has ridiculously awesome style. Every time I run into her, I am guaranteed future outfit inspiration. Today’s look has some serious city edge. Denim is still a major theme at Fashion Week, and I love Jessica’s distressed set. Her moto jacket and moto-inspired handbag are the perfect complements to rough-and-tumble denim. I can’t wait to see what she wears tomorrow!

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Street Report: Rajni at Viktor & Rolf

Rajni Jacques is back on our blog and is perfectly showcasing this season’s laid-back luxe aesthetic. Denim is mega popular, especially in loose, boyfriend fits, and her knotted flannel enhances the grunge vibe.

Premium sweatshirts are everywhere this season, and Rajni’s is tops! Of course, you all know I’m a sucker for a good heel, and these camo pony hair stilettos are going on my must-have list immédiatement!

xo,
Crystal

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Street Report: Veronica, Somerset House Courtyard

Denim is wildly popular here in London, and I love Veronica’s loose, cropped jeans. Nothing can top the insouciant look of denim with heels this season. Her camel zip-up pairs perfectly with her baby-blue jumper to create a grown-up prep look. Plus, a designer bag always adds a posh pop to any look!

xo,
Crystal

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Street Report: Sonya at Lincoln Center

You might remember Sonya Esman from last season’s FW coverage, when she wowed us with her style chops. Well, winter has clearly not phased this gorgeous blogger (Class Is Eternal) at all.

I love how denim is being so heartily welcomed back into the high-fashion fold. There’s something very cool about a pair of boyfriend jeans with stilettos. Sonya’s textural mix is fun and on trend, too!

xo,
Crystal

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Street Report: Chriselle Outside Reed Krakoff

How could we not post another shot of the gorgeous Chriselle? I love her menswear chic ensemble. I’m desperate to find a tux-inspired suit and I might just have to steal Chriselle’s. Her beanie and tee pairing adds a bit of downtown cool to the look, while her poppy Céline and bright lips and nails add some color.

I can’t wait to see what she’s got planned for London!

xo, Crystal

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