the quintessential symbol of youth rebellion, expression, ever expressive and ever discreet, they exude sex appeal and simplicity, utility and timelessness - denim.
in my study of fashion history, indigo better know as denim, exists prominently at the intersection of style and function. because of its durability, denim began as an ideal fabric for work wear - think fabric that hides all the sins, grit and grim of a hard days work. today, denim is one of the world’s most beloved and frequently worn fabrics. it is speculated that on any given day, more than half the world’s population is wearing denim. wow!
a fav, the wrangler authentic western jeans appeared on the market in 1947, a brand that originated with casey jones who had acquired the blue bell company a few years earlier. wranglers were popular with the rodeo cowboys and cowgirls, and by 1996 one out of every five pairs of jeans sold in america featured a wrangler label.
although fashion is victim to social saturation that causes styles to fade in popularity while our trend driven markets quickly replace the old with the new; wrangler denim however continue to stand the test of time. literally.
i picked this jacket up from modcloth in preparation for the fall/winter months. i opted for an x-large fit inspired by the recent wave of wearing a timeless piece in a trendy manner, i.e. off the shoulder- in true rihanna fashion! i paired it with denim - yes, denim on denim - tres chic and a pair of thigh high booties. again, rihanna approved lewks.
pick up a staple wrangler from modcloth.
Desirée Venn Frederic is a Sierra Leonean born writer and installation artist of Geeche and Maroon ancestry. Her work pulls heavily from her transnational experiences and understandings. The artist and thought leader explores identity, ownership and contemporary ideas in aesthetics. As the founder of Nomad Yard, a globally minded vintage shop in Washington, D.C., Venn Frederic creates a playground for those who love culture, history and rare antiques steeped in stories. She uses her work to negotiate multiple strata of marginalization being both undocumented and an aboriginal indigenous woman. She is an interior designer creating experiential spaces and interiors. She is a community organizer and founding member of Artist Union DC, with a keen interest in cultural studies and artistic expression. She is particurlarly interested in the ways in which fashion, visual culture and critical theory inform, shape and encourage discourses surrounding the socio-economic, political and cultural. Venn Frederic has shared her creative interests as an exhibiting artist with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center drawing parallels of her own personal immigration detention in 2013 to the criminalization of human existence throughout history. She holds degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Business Management and a certificate in Community Advocacy and is fluent in French and Krio. As a speaker, she has engaged TED Talks as well as audiences at University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business, The National Endowment for the Arts National Maker Faire, Ted Talks, Made in DC Maker Summit, General Assembly, and Creative World’s Creative Economy Summit. As an ambassador with Define American, the activist shares her personal journey to expand the narrative of immigrants. She exists via the internet sphere simply as @xoDVF. She is a mentor to 2 college aged creative entrepreneurs and loves vintage kimonos.