Denim on Denim. Haute or Not? HAUTE. Tips Here.

Ojai, California. July 2017.

Yes that’s a close up of my tushy.. my friend Eric Tabora took all these shots, and none of us noticed my jeans were missing a big patch..oops. The photos are in black and white, but I’m wearing all denim.. I’m a big believer in a denim tuxedo or Canadian Tuxedo or whatever you guys call it – it’s pretty much my uniform, denim is my favorite fabric, and always has been…

These shorts look like underwear, especially when the camera is lower. I know it’s hard to see what I’m wearing in the artsy black & white… but it’s all DENIM, even my top is denim…I’m kinda obsessed..here ya go:

Fashion Notes: Bag: vintage Coach from Barney’s, Shoes: from the vintage fair in Oakland, I cut them to make half boots, Shorts: old Levi’s, Top: Intermix, Glasses: Dries Van Noten

I’ve been making denim jackets, and my friends decided to photograph me wearing one during a fun vacation in Ojai. Nothing better then being with friends, singing, creating and laughing. And making people laugh, like here when my fringe got stuck on a cactus.

here are my tips to pulling off….

Mix colors:¬†I think it looks cooler to wear many different colors, like Joseph and his technicolor dream coat ūüôā

Mix fabrics:¬†so some denim is worn in and some denim is very dense.. it looks stylin’ to have all those fabrics blended. So a beat up jacket with holes paired with dark blue and stiff jeans.

Accessorize: Add color and/or lots of gold like me. Now that you are wearing all jean, throw some jewelry on and over do it..you can, believe me. Either silver or gold or a bright beaded necklace like I have from Colombia..go for it.

Bags/Shoes: Again, have fun here. You can get away with so much, like wearing high heels in bright red or white – especially if you are wearing jeans with holes. I love wearing a fancy bag like a Chanel or anything with gold hardware or even a fancy clutch with head to toe denim.. it gives cool style immediately. And it’s more fun to take something polished and make it a little less polished…

Opposites Attract:¬†..and the same works in regard to style. High/Low, Soft/Hard, Formal/Informal…

here’s an article with more tips and photos…http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/gallery/everyones-wearingdouble-denim

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haute Denim Dad.

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Ryan. Sausalito. December 2016.

Cute dad eating at FISH in Sausalito, 331fish.com, one of my favorite Bay Area lunch spots¬†– bring lots of cash, that’s all they take – and it’s a little pricey or seems pricey when you actually pay with cash – because who uses cash anymore? But it’s delicious, sustainable fish, the highest quality and care go into their food – not to sound pretentious, but you can taste the love and care in each bite.

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Scenes from a “seafood” restaurant…

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Love this kids very British paddington bear sweater.

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Great shoes – so much better than weird sneakers – you guys know what I mean.

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This dad’s look is very simple, but still so stylish – especially the shoes. The jeans are also a perfect shade of denim, and I get weirdly excited when I see a perfect shade of denim. It would be a dream to spend a day in the Levi’s vintage warehouse‚Ķ someone get me in there!!

Last night I dreamt Somebody Loved me..

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Morrissey as a dad…..Marin County. May 2016

I love stopping dads ¬†– it’s always a little awkward, but quite rewarding – especially when I see them later, and they tell me how impressed their spouses are at their “blog fame”.

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It’s refreshing to see this style on a dad in Marin County. He’s not hiding behind a beard, he’s walking around like a New Age London musician. I adore this look – skinny jeans, edgy hair, sleeves rolled up‚Ķray bans – it’s all perfect.

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It’s hard to pull off such fitted clothing, but it really looks best to wear clothing that truly fits- – but it takes exercise and discipline to fit into a Morrissey 1980’s look‚Ķ you can do it, I know it!

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Mara’s “Funny” Grateful Dead Observations.

I’m ¬†so glad I got to experience the Grateful Dead once again. No, I’m not an official “dead head”, but watching the fans and experiencing such a peaceful crowd dancing completely ¬†OFF BEAT & literally to the beat of their own drummer was quite a vision. ¬†I’ve been meaning to write down my observations, and was reminded to follow through, here you go:

I share a nickname with “Mountain Girl”: I just found out that the house we are renting was¬†formally occupied (Dead heads please take a seat) by Mr. Jerry Garcia and his Love, Mountain Girl..I feel weird referring to her as a girl, but I was corrected when I kept calling her “Mountain Woman”. I can’t help but wonder how Mountain Girl earned that moniker. ¬†I had a nickname similar, only it was created by middle school boys after the mountains that developed on my chest.

So this entrance into Grateful Dead culture, reminded me to post my photos and observations regarding my experience attending a Grateful Dead Show in Santa Clara. I wrote something to be published soon, but here’s a little preview.

Unintentional high:¬†It was hard to photograph people as I unintentionally became intoxicated – it was ¬†a combination of what I’m pretty sure was a toxic level of Patchouli oil I was forced to inhale, in collaboration with a contact high due to the smoke cloud hovering over Levi’s stadium. ¬†

Fashion Rules: Ya¬†know the rule, that you can’t wear a t-shirt with the band your seeing to their concert? Well, that rule does not exist with Grateful Dead fans – you can even buy a t-shirt at the merchandise table and wear it over your old “vintage” Grateful Dead concert t-shirt.

Handbag Rules and Fashion Crimes against Women:¬† Levi’s stadium did everything they could, to make all fans unstylish. Can you imagine that you could only bring in a clutch (men, it’s a small bag without handles)? And no offense, but I imagine many female fans of the Dead don’t own clutches. ¬†These rules were created by someone who has never attempted the feat of holding a clutch all night – while it is the most stylish handbag, it’s also the most useless. ¬†What about a Fanny Pack people? Isn’t the Fanny Pack the “official” bag of The Grateful Dead and its fans? The “bag” they did allow..Clear plastic bags.. lower end then the ones you get at CVS.

On Wearing Shorts on Stage: At first, I was a little perplexed as to why Bob “Bobby” Weir wore shorts on stage. I meant this is a huge deal – 70,000 people filling Levi’s stadium, and he’s wearing cargo shorts. But I get it, it’s kind of charming. I find the “hippie” fashion preparation for all these musical festivals to be fun, but extremely contrived – I mean who the hell wears flower crowns in every day life paired with the perfect yoga body? I loved that not many fans thought about their looks, they just were having fun and enjoying the nostalgia. ¬†As a fashion lover, I actually appreciated this piece of authenticity and didn’t even make snarky comments about the inordinate amount of tie dye.

Dead Heads Still Spin in Gypsy Skirts:¬†I keep name dropping, here I go again. ¬†My friend the multi-talented Neal Casal, who gathered an impressive ensemble (including Mark Levy (the Congress) on Drums & Adam MacDougall (Chris Robinson Brotherhood) on keyboard) of musicians to create the break music at the Dead shows. ¬†Neal’s music was so good, the stadium remained filled during “intermission” (I know, it’s not the theater), and I got to witness first hand Dead Head spinning action. I tried to be a participant, but let’s face it – ¬†I failed due to poor fashion planning (my leggings were so tight, I should’ve worn a cool hippie skirt). The crowd took in every moment, and you could see the joy in their faces, re-living such a huge part of their past. ¬†Read more about Neal and the break music here:

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/grateful-dead/6612951/grateful-dead-fare-thee-well-intermission-music

Children at the Shows: I was surprised to see children¬†at the shows, selfishly it would seem hard to have fun with all that responsibility. ¬†But now I get it – think about the backstory? Years from now these kids will be able to add to any story, “when I was at The Dead Shows in Santa Clara at 3, I decided music was my life” – Perfect quote for a Rolling Stone interview, right? I guess taking my kids to a Neil Diamond cover band as their first official concert doesn’t have the same cache.

Dreads: At Dead Shows you see a lot of dreads, usually they are so long, indicating a lifetime of commitment.

Members of the Tribe:¬† Did the Messiah finally come? At first, I was confused, did I enter some sort of hippie, Rosh Hashanah service? Because, I’m confident (with my 100% JEWDAR) that 90% of the crowd went to my sleep-a-way camp, teen tour or my semester in Israel – you all looked familiar. Let’s just say, I’ve never spotted so many Jews in Northern California.

Fashion Award: My favorite man look at the shows in Santa Clara was another member of Neal Casal’s music ensemble. ¬†His gorgeous long dreads combined with low waisted, simple and slight bellbottoms, a cool hat and solid t-shirt worked. ¬†Unfortunately for me, I stalked him from behind and shot his photo, not knowing my friend Angela would forward him the photo, and my stalking ways would be revealed. (he takes good care of those dreads, I can tell)

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Cute mom in a little music festival look.

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Neal Casal & the Talented Musicians behind the break music

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Tie Dye. Maxi dresses. Hair flowers. Vintage Dead Concert T-shirts. This was the “look”.

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Blurry photo, but check out the length of those dreads.

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Haute Drop-Off right here in Santa Clara.

 

Urban Cool in Marin County. Sexy Socks. High Bun.

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Carla and Jon. San Anselmo, California. November 2014.

Fashion Notes: Carla: Leather Jacket: Obey, Sweater: Madewell, Tank (worn as dress): Michael Stars, Boots: Betsy Johnson. Jon: Jacket: Levi’s, Pants and Top: J.Crew, Boots: Ariat

I was minding my own business shopping at the local consignment store Sax, when this family walked by РI dropped my newly purchased ankle boots, and lunged at them.  It was a rare sighting for a Sunday in this Marin County town….. Carla is a photographer and artist. They live in Marin County with their offspring, who was on her way to ballet.

I love Carla’s bun – it’s so high and chic, but you can tell she has wavy hair – so it’s also wild and free‚Ķshe happens to be beautiful and pulls it off amazingly well. What can I say, this was an exciting day for me. The combination of Jon’s red pants and black boots, all work so well. ¬†It’s nice to see a family in “fashion partnership”.

Check out Carla’s work at, www.carlaherzenberg.com

 

Haute Family. San Francisco Drop-Off.

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San Francisco, California. July 2014.

Fashion Notes: Dad, Jeans: Lucky, Jacket: Levi’s, Shoes: Vans, Shirt: Target. ¬†Mom, Shorts and Shirt: Therapy, Jacket: Hive & Honey, Bag: Marc Jacobs, Shoes: Vans. Baby: Ikea bib and Gap Onesie

I met this cute family walking around Hayes Valley this week.  Both are in the software field and are recently new parents Рthis baby is gorgeous!

Haute Designer Levis. It’s Popsicle Time.

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Derek. Fashion Brand Marketer. Dad. San Anselmo, California

Fashion Notes: James Perse Sweatshirt, Converse Kicks, Levi’s Made and Crafted Jeans, Fetch Eyewear of Portland

Levi’s Made and Crafted Jeans are well loved by all that slip their bodies into this high end denim – guys, you should check out this jean.

Derek was a fun dad to photograph, he was filled with positivity. ¬†I think because of Derek’s background, he appreciated Haute Drop Off. ¬†Derek ran a marketing group at Levi’s, based here in San Francisco and prior worked for Quicksilver and Puma.

It’s all about BRANDING at Drop-Off

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Kelly. Corte Madera, California. January 2014

Fashion Notes : Shoes: purchased at Anthropology, Bright colored pattern skinny pants and Blazer: Gap, Belt: Ann Taylor Loft.  Her pixie hair style adds that funkiness to her overal

Kelly is wearing clothing from big name retailers, not surprising for a brand marketing executive who’s company works with big name clients. ¬†Kelly is co-founder of Double G branding, http://doublegbranding.com¬†¬†She has provided business and marketing solutions for clients including The Coca-Cola Company, Hewlett-Packard, Visa, Levi Strauss & Co., Intel, Sony, Dell, Nissan, UPS, Allstate, UCSF, RedPrairie, Sprint, and Harrah’s Entertainment. Prior to co-founding Double G Branding in 2008, Kelly specialized in user experience research, client loyalty, and social networking at Sapient, a global business consulting and interactive marketing firm.