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Raw Denim 101

8.27.2014

By Evan Shinn

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If you’re a male who considers himself down with the fashunz, buying your first pair of raw denim jeans was probably baptismal to everything you know about #menswear today. Whether purchased from a brand like A.P.C., Nudie or Baldwin, you remember how sacred that moment was when you coughed over a couple hundred dollars for a single pair of jawns. But more importantly, you remember jonesing for the day you’d finally wash them.

Because raw denim culture insists you refer to denim’s lifespan in terms of “months, washes and soaks,” dudes go months and years without washing their jeans in order to individualize the denim’s fades, tears and rips. So, wash day is a big fucking deal, as it commemorates the time and effort spent “going hard” in a single pair of jeans.

If the term isn’t cringe-worthy enough, explaining the phenomenon is. Most dudes won’t even mention it as to avoid conversations that end with, “But won’t they, like, start to smell?” However, not washing jeans is just a response to the way raw denim is produced.

During the color treatment stage of raw denim’s manufacturing process, the indigo dye in which the denim is dipped isn’t 100 percent absorbed by the fabric. Because of this, the denim loses a bit of its color and rigidness with every wash thereafter. So, in order to sharpen and personalize their denim’s fades, dudes go six months to a year without washing their jeans, performing any and every activity that will emphasize the denim’s natural folds.

I remember when I first copped some raw denim. I was so hype about the whole not washing shtick that after a night of heavy boozing and throwing up all over myself, I tossed my jeans into the freezer and scraped off the frozen chunks the next morning. Everything worked out OK, aside from the fact that my jeans were walking biohazards; the denim wasn’t ruined, but I probably should have just washed them the next day.

Some denim makers refute a lot of what raw denim culture preaches, like Self-Edge founder Kiya Babzani and 3sixteen founder Andrew Chen do in a video for the Crosby Press, “Denim Mythbusters.” They explain why not washing your jeans and other methods of cleaning, such as freezing and ocean-soaking, are “moronic,” and recommend washing jeans every two months, at the least.

Unlike the actual show “Mythbusters,” Babzani and Chen don’t disprove techniques with experiments and results; you kind of just have to take their word for it. In all honesty, I take their advice with a grain of salt, as I’ve seen some successfully faded jeans using the methods denim heads have created for themselves, but I’m very behind the line of thinking, “If your jeans start to smell, wash them.” Airing out, freezing and spraying denim with Febreeze will only go so far.

I understand the fear of putting $250 jeans into a washing machine. However, there are other ways of making sure your jeans get cleaned on which I think both denim heads and the “Denim Mythbuster” dudes could agree.

Like many Kansas City-natives, I copped a pair of Baldweezys, and fortunately for you, a wash was due. As much as I’d like to have washed them in the Chi-O fountain in SOTH-like fashion to mock ocean-soaking denim nerds, it wouldn’t have been environmentally safe or effective. Instead, I washed them my usual way and provided a guide for all you noobs.

 

Video by Andrew Shepherd with music by Emilio Quezada

Edited by Hannah Swank

August Mood Board

8.01.2014

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Photos via: Sleepy Jones, Thor Elias, Refinery29, Alex and Ernest, Urban Outfitters, Oracle Fox

July Mood Board

7.01.2014

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Photos via Billy Farrell Agency, Alex and Ernest, Le-21eme, Olive Cooke, Olivia Bee, Oracle Fox

Ombre Trend Not Likely to Fade Out

6.18.2014

By Hayley Jozwiak

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Ombre was one of the most popular trends of 2013, but it’s not finished yet. It isn’t just for your hair anymore, either.

It’s a simple gradation of color, making one end darker than the other. It can be having dark brunette roots that gradually change to light blonde tips or nails painted a light pink ending in a deep red at the tip.

The ombre look became popular for hair because it’s very low maintenance. Elena Diaz, a hair stylist at Lou & Co Hair Studio in Lawrence,says its roots lie, well, in roots. “Ombre actually started when people got lazy and let their roots grow out without touching them up,” Diaz says. “They thought, ‘Hey, this actually doesn’t look too bad.’”

Ombre hair is making a comeback, but in a subtler way according to Leslie Stauffer, a hair stylist at Lawrence salon La Bella Vita Hair Studio. “Beauty blogs are saying that ombre is on its way ‘out’ and that sombre is coming in. Sombre is just a more subtle version of ombre,” Stauffer says.

Hannah Carey, a senior at the University of Kansas who recently dyed her brown hair with blonde tips, describes ombre as the “modern day tie-dye.” Her hair is light brown that gradually changes so that her tips are a darker blonde color. Her sombre look is so subtle, she says few people have noticed the difference.

Carey is excited about her refreshing look for summer and thought it was the perfect way to make a change to her hair without going overboard.“In a way, it’s non-committal,” Carey says. “If I decide I’m tired of it, I just cut my ends off. No harm done.”

Apart from her hair, Carey has painted her nails ombre a few times as well. She said it was easy to do because she already had a few shades of the same color.

Carey’s favorite part of the ombre trend is the opportunity to personalize it. “[Ombre] gives you a chance to add your own touch to it,” Carey says. “That’s what I love about it. It’s unique and individual, but still trendy.”

Or not, depending on whom you ask. Maddie Schultz, a KU junior, is tired of the trend because it’s overused. “I never understood the ombre hair trend, but at least it’s better than splashlights. Hopefully those never catch on,” Schultz says of the hairstyle that features a splash of color stretching from ear to ear to create a halo effect.

Another popular version of ombre has emerged through makeup. Stauffer says ombre has always been a big trend in makeup; it’s just never been called ombre before. Smoky eye makeup is a perfect example of this. It’s just a transition from a darker color to a lighter color found at the brow bone, Stauffer says.

Between the usual requests for smoky eyes, Stauffer has had a few clients ask for ombre lips. An ombre lip is a lighter shade toward the inner lip moving to a darker shade toward the outline of the lips.

Stauffer suggests to not overdo the ombre look: “If you’re going to do a smoky eye, tone down the lips and have them be a soft pink that is close to your natural lip color. If you’re going to do an ombre lip, then stick with a classic eye.”

Whether you try out the new sombre look, a smoky eye or even an ombre lip, it looks like this trend is sticking around, whether you’re into it or not.

 

Edited by Hannah Swank

June Mood Board

6.02.2014

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Photos via: Numero China, Olivia Bee, Wildfox, Oracle Fox, Front Row Mode, Akila Berjaoui

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