distress those jeans

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Nikki at our NY showroom got a million compliments on these jeans last week, to which she replied, “Thanks, I made them myself!”
Everyone was was so impressed and needed to know how, and I thought you might like to know too. Nikki used a pair of thrift store $10 jeans, but you can use any old jeans that fit you well. This is what else you need:
A cheese grater
Scissors
Bleach
Scrub brush
It’s so simple here are the steps:
1. Pour some bleach where you desire to have to denim to be washed out looking (you will most likely have to pour it on several times to get the desiered wash and affect) Take the scrub brush and scrub the bleach into the thighs and the knees to make them more worn and lighter.
2. Lay them out in the sun to dry if you can
3. They’ll look a little different once they’re dry, so make sure denim is the desired wash. If not repeat steps 1 and 2
4. On dry denim take cheese grater and run up and down legs of the jeans… this will wear away the denim making them softer and more distressed looking!!
5. Take the scissor and use it to make holes in upper thighs, pockets and knees.
6. Repeat distressing with cheese grater and scissors until desired effect is reached!

Angela Gispert -Jan 28, 2009, 1:05PM
I did this on a pair of old jean shorts and it came out great! Check out my blog for pics.
Catherine -Jan 27, 2009, 5:58PM
So trying out that technique!! Thnx for the idea!

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Meet our featured Facebook friend – Myra!

We found Myra, (or rather, she found us) after she posted some amazing photos of her clothing designs on our Facebook page! She also wrote us a little note about how her designs and photo shoots are inspired by Free People! We could totally tell, and were very flattered!
Myra is from Chesterfield, Missouri, and is creating things all the time! She starts out her process by envisioning a story, which includes a specific model and setting, and goes from there. She has been designing ever since she received her first sewing machine in 2004! She will be attending school for fashion design starting this fall, and is currently planning a booth for her wares at a local art fair!
Myra was so sweet as to put together an awesome how-to for the camisole tank dress that she makes! You can see examples of how cute the dress looks when it’s finished in the pictures above and below! We just love the details on this dress! I can’t wait to make my own! Myra even shows us how to cinch the tank at the top! Click here for all the instructions on how to make the dress, with a ton more pictures too!

Just for fun, we asked Myra a few interview-type questions!
What is your current state of mind?
I am enthused about my future for the endless possibilities!
Do you have any pets?
I have a big black cat, named Big Boy
What inspires you?
Nature, vintage photos, vintage styles, and of course Free People!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Sewing, going to music stores, shopping for vintage clothing, eating at places I’ve never been to.
Do you have a favorite artist?
Erté a French designer and artist in the early 1900’s, and Mucha
Who are your favorite designers?
Free people, Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, and myself.
Who is your favorite celebrity inspiration?
Kate Moss, Sienna Miller
What did you want to be as a child?
I wanted to be an elementary teacher I thought it would be fun to create activities for kids to do.
What do you like best about where you live now?
My friends and family, and the inspiring mid-west countryside
What superpower would you most like to have?
Definitely to fly, I’ve had dreams of flying and it’s the craziest feeling to be above everything.
What is your favorite article of clothing that you own right now?
My collection of vintage plaid shirt’s, I can’t just pick one!
What is your motto?
Out of good comes good
And the mysterious fate
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Yay! Thank you so much for sharing one of your beautiful designs with us Myra! I can’t wait to work on my own camisole tank dress!

victoria -Jan 25, 2009, 7:48PM
I love this I'm so going to make it!
heather -Jan 22, 2009, 3:46PM
This is so great!

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diy chain cutoffs

I’m LOVING how many fashion DIY projects are all over the web. I’m excited about this one from Park & Cube, showing you how to get the look of those Wang chained up cutoffs. Head over there to learn how it’s done!

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Berit -Dec 29, 2009, 5:10PM
Heh, so easy but good idea;)
carlen -Jan 23, 2009, 3:34AM
these are so great!!!

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…and you were interested, I thought I would post these pictures of First Lady Obama in the ensemble she chose for the inauguration yesterday. There was much discussion about who would be the lucky designer of the outfit she would wear, and the lucky designer ended up being Isabel Toledo!
I like the material she used, and the color too! The body and shape are a little old fashioned for me, but I do think she looked very appropriately dressed for the occasion! And the coat was to die for!
The girls were wearing J. Crew.
So what did you guys think?
The first picture is a Getty Image, the other two are from AP.

-Jan 22, 2009, 9:27PM
What was she thinking!?!
Julianna -Jan 21, 2009, 3:06PM
Michelle is wearing matching green gloves as well. She's so beautiful. I can't wait for 4 years of Michelle Obama fashion! Also the youngest daughter was so cute when she hopped up on the platform when Obama was getting ready to be signed in!

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Below is our behind-the-scenes video of the January catalog shoot! Don’t forget to check out our pictures and information about the shoot too! Enjoy!

Alissa -Jan 20, 2009, 8:47AM
Thanks! :-)
heatha -Jan 19, 2009, 2:27PM
Like A Songbird That Has Fallen by The Reel Time Travelers.

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Don’t you love these scarf how-to pictures? I am always at a loss of how to wear my cute scarves, and I can’t wait to try these styles out! You can see all of the pictures right here! There are a lot of them!
Via Design Dig.

Shauna Chapman -Jan 16, 2009, 8:10PM
Fab! I'm wondering if I'm too young to pull off Option 2. Option 4 is quite Boho. 5 is universal elegance.

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Today I came across this neat little feature in the New York Times. It’s a slide show with some audio. The slide show features some nice street fashion shots by Bill Cunningham, NYT Photographer. The audio is a very interesting little blurb where Bill conjectures that fashion is going to have some really dramatic changes as a result of our current financial problems. Bill is surprisingly older, and remembers the Great Depression, so he has experience to back up his hypothesis. It’s an interesting feature, worth checking out. What do you think? Do you think fashion is going to change a lot over the coming year or two as a result of the financial crisis? What types of things do you think might change?

Jennifer -Jan 16, 2009, 11:54AM
I think this is a great and valuable point! 2008 has already seen fashion trends in Japan steer away from years of luxury house worship to a sudden desire for more natural and softer looks at more reasonable prices for its younger generation. For example their eco-bag "boom" where some of the most popular bags of last Spring were $20.00 or less natural fiber bags. Often these were even sold out due to their high demand. So I wouldn't be surprised to see a trend of more natural/easy-going looks like finding a good pair of jeans and wearing them throughout the week without care. Or taking full advantage of layering where even a summer item can be winter ready with a simple addition of a turtleneck underneath!
pruittfpgirl -Jan 15, 2009, 10:17AM
Hi Chloe! I feel horrible to think that the phrase "surprisingly older" might have offended you or anyone, and I'm terribly sorry. When I used the phrase "surprisingly older" to describe Bill Cunningham, I was referring to the fact that Bill is 80, and I don't ordinarily see a lot of fashion commentary from 80 year old men. His commentary is informed and intelligent, and he uses his years of experience to make interesting points. I certainly did not mean to imply that 80 year old people, or any people, are too old for fashion and are not fashionable, I only meant that, again, you don't see many 80 year old men discussing it out on a public forum. There are no ages that are inherently unfashionable or negative, and if I implied that with what I said, I am terribly sorry. That was not my intent. If I could go back and omit that I would. Every age is great, and there is no limit to fashion. xo p

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mantyhose 2

Remember when I made that post about mantyhose the other day? Well today I found this guy over on Street Boners & TV Carnage in their Street Boners section, which is a street fashion column. I thought I’d post him because he’s a good example of a guy actually wearing them around, rather than a posed shot. Also I noticed that they called them guylons and not mantyhose. Interesting!

james -Apr 30, 2011, 10:56PM
love it (im gay)
Nicolas -Apr 13, 2011, 7:09PM
Simply original^^

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belt diy

I really love this idea for updating a plain old leather belt. This particular belt looks cool with the eyelet details. I like the way it looks when the leather splits.
Head over to Bleach Black for the details! (I also recommend reading the first comment on her entry:)

Dallas -Jan 12, 2009, 12:37PM
love this!, on my way to try it right now! dallas http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

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Now, I realize this is a little bit old, but I had never seen it and it’s pretty cool! Prada created this video to go with their Spring 2008 line, and though the computer graphics are a little bit rough looking, it’s still a very mesmerizing video! I wish I could get dressed this way!

mantyhose

Recently I came across this funny little site, e-MANcipate, which is a website to accelerate the acceptance of male pantyhose as a regular clothing item. It’s actually really interesting! Apparently men wearing pantyhose is starting to come into style a little bit, (in Europe and Australia mostly,) which kind of makes sense given the current craze for super skinny tight pants! The site had tons of fashion pictures with men wearing pantyhose styled in a number of different ways. I’m kind of split – in some of the pictures it looks kind of cool, in others it looks a little too medieval to me. What do you guys think? Yay or nay?

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Yvan -Apr 08, 2012, 6:45AM
I completely agree with Barry @ March 28 7:40 pm. No hose for him = No pants for her.
barry -Mar 28, 2012, 7:40PM
I wear tights and leggings and love them both. Men wore tights before women stole them anway. What is wrong with it? Women wear pants and thst is suposed to be ok.

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Recently it came out that Alfred Shaheen passed away on the 22nd of last month, at 86 years old. Famous for popularizing the Hawaiian shirt, if you know vintage clothes or Hawaiian prints, (or both,) then you know Alfred Shaheen is the label to look for! The Los Angeles Times obituary for him is very interesting, and tells about how he had his garments designed, silk-screened, cut and sewed all in his factory in Honolulu, as well as shipping them from there. In other words, the whole operation was housed under one roof, which is pretty impressive. Below find a couple of related shots I saw floating around the internet, including the picture from Elvis Presley’s album Blue Hawaii on which Elvis sports a shirt designed by Shaheen. Thank you Shaheen, for the funky flavor!

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