I’m still waiting to hear back from a handful of interviewees, and working on a joint interview of a French clogmaker with Lindsey from Every Clog Has Its Day. Until all theses ships come back to port, I’m offering another potpourri in line with the categories mentioned in the title. Here we go.
I suspect the jeans have been discontinued, but Levi’s offered men a skinny-snug pair of jeans inspired by women’s styles. The call them “ex-girlfriend” jeans is silly, if not worse, but here it is, “An update of the five-pocket classic with an allover super-snug fit that's as skinny as it gets.”
Image borrowed from levi.com under Fair Use
It’s not much, and I'd rather see Levi's offer men flared jeans (in black, of course) but it looks fine and it’s nice to see designers appropriate from the other direction for a change, which brings me to…
Offered as unisex hosiery by Italian designer Emilio Cavallini, these tights retail for $27 and feature bold patterns, such as the two below.
Click here to see the whole collection.
Not really my thing, personally - hosiery is just long socks to me, and I prefer not to wear socks if I don’t have to. Still, I love the boldness of the designs and applaud the effort. To any man who would wear a pair, I salute you.
But what do you think? Gentlemen, would you wear any of Cavallini’s tights? Ladies, would you like to see your fellah rock some mantyhose?
Sure, the creases and dents, the rough patching and fades, add a bit of kick to stylish jeans. But sandblasting exposes worker to the silica in sand, leading to a debilitating lung disease with no known cure called silicosis. (In turn, this can lead to a form of tuberculosis called silicotuberculosis. Scientists have also established a link between crystalline silica and cancer. As Mother Jones reports in a photo essay on workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, many major fashion brands have heeded the call to reject sandblasting, including Versace, Levi-Strauss, Benetton and other. Others have not; these include Dolce & Gabbana.
Bangladeshi worker. Image borrowed from Mother Jones under Fair Use.
Demonstrating yet again that a stylish fashionista must also be a conscientious fashionista, consider the workers who make your jeans the next time you see an attractive pair of sandblasted garments. To sign a petition urging Dolce & Gabbana to renounce the use of sandblasting in the production of its jeans, click here to visit the Clean Clothes Campaign.
And The Updates
Well, one update, from Sheswai Lacquer: the new spring/summer colours are here, and they’re lovely, lovely indeed. The teal is particularly striking, in my opinion.
Images borrowed from sheswaibeauty.com under Fair Use.
$16. From www.sheswai.com