Yay or Nay: Undercover Lace-Up Jeans

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Denim has been revolutionised in recent times and the last few years have seen denim be used by menswear designers to make a true statement. Whether skinny, twisted, acid bright faded, torn, studded, boot-leg: some might say that ‘jeans maketh man.’ And they wouldn’t be far wrong.

So, what would these jeans say about a male? They lace up (with white leather might I add) the side and turn up at the bottom. The have a diamond pattern detail on the back pockets and come from one of the coolest labels of the moment.

Yay or Nay
my friends? Vote after the jump.

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Levis Red Engineered 10 year re-release

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When it comes to jeans I always believe less is more, which is why I have never taken to Diesel jeans or even most Evisu but Levis, for me, Levis seem to get it right almost every time. However for the Levis Engineered Jeans I feel like they really dropped the ball. In theory I love the idea of an homage to the quirk in a twill that meant that early pairs of Levis would twist to the left but the finished product seemed a little cheap. Luckily for Levis few people shared my lack of enthusiasm and the Levis Engineered were an immediate success, 10 years on and the first purpose twisted pair of jeans is being re-released in a super cool collectors box. The special edition comes in the original three cuts: the Standard, the Giant and the Loose Culottes for girls and is slated for release in Spring/Summer 09, however the first 100 pairs will be available from Oki-Ni from early December.

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Fashion Pet Hate: distressed bootcut denim

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Being overly negative about other people’s dress sense is something that I’d happily leave to Trinny and Susannah but one particular menswear trend grates on me like nothing else.

They might seem innocuous but bootcut faded and or distressed jeans are a massive bugbear of mine.

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Diesel’s Dirty Thirty jeans

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The massive queue, deep in denim conversation.

As we arrived to Neal Street this morning the queue outside the Diesel shop snaked around Earlham Street and almost spilled out onto Seven Dials.
The fuss was for Diesel’s Dirty Thirty limited edition jeans, created to celebrate thirty years of diesel, modelled by Daisy Lowe and retailing for just £30 you can see why so many people turned up for the one-day only sale.

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Life begins at (Dirty) Thirty

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Life begins at 30, or so they say- I’m 24 and I beg to differ. Come my 30th birthday I will become a recluse until my 50th and can rejoin society with a cane and pipe, middle age just isn’t cool. However for a denim brand a 30th birthday is the prime of its youth so lets all send our warmest birthday wishes to Italian denim fiends Diesel.

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Levi x Fenom

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Fenom’s assault on Denim continues with their now well established collaboration with Levi’s. This seasons offerings are a 207 and a 505 all with the Fenom trademark details such as a new leather patch on the waistband, lining on the rear pocket, zip pocket and of course the Fenom lightening bolts painted on in red. These should be available at …

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Custom Levi’s from… Levi’s!

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Hitting you up with some more Levi’s action, this time from Japan. Levi’s Japan has launched a new service for all of those who wanted custom jeans straight out the box. Following in the footsteps of Nike I.D it is now possible to get custom jeans direct from Levi’s with the ability to pick the cut, wash, wear, and details such as rivet colour and paint spatters.

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Levi’s x Damien Hirst

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Denim aficionado Levi’s has got together with animal preserver Damien Hurst to to bring a new and exclusive line of jeans and apparel all themed around Hurst’s work. The line was designed by Hurst himself along with designer Adrian Nyman and features skulls, spots and butterflies all printed onto black or blue jeans and black, white or purple t-shirts. No news on price or availability yet but the items should be hitting stores mid-September and are expected to sell out quickly.

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Reader request: skinny grey jeans

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As you can probably tell comments are down on Brandish, so when Nick emailed me asking about grey skinny jeans I clapped my hands together in excitement… A clothing hunt!
I went looking all over the internet for some grey skinny jeans with reasonable success. Hopefully there’s something here for you Nick and if anyone else wants me to don my web-hunting gear or just have a chat about clothes send me an email to isabelle [at] shinymedia.com.

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Brandish Feature: Drop-Crotch Demo

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Drop-crotch jeans have been dubbed the ‘future of denim’ and ‘the next skinny jean.’ I am an unbelievable skinny devotee (yes, I am scarred after wearing them in Summer-heat London and not even joking) and for this reason, I decided to road-test an exclusive pre-production sample pair from Trousers London.

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More inner lumberjack at Hanon

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More of the Levi’s Vintage A/W 08 line has turned up at Hanon, and the more I see the more I like. As I mentioned in a previous post I have always thought that the Levi’s Vintage line as a whole was a little lacking but this year they are killing it with some awesome shirts and jackets to complement the denim back bone of the line.

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Brandish Poll: Leg-in a-Sock Style Jeans

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We’ve made you endure some pretty terrible things on Brandish (see here and here,) and now I present a sneaky snap of New Look’s new adjust-a-length jeans. The trick is you have to button up each different level of the jean depending on what you’re after; shorts, the semi-crop, full jeans or the button-embellished. Is it just me who gasps at this fashion indictment?

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