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April 8, 2011 12:01 AM


Emily Current and Meritt Elliott Talk Spring Denim

WWDBlog caught up with Emily Current and Meritt Elliott -- the Los Angeles-based stylists who also co-founded denim line Current/Elliott -- to get the latest on spring's denim trends and how to wear them....

WWDBlog caught up with Emily Current and Meritt Elliott -- the Los Angeles-based stylists who also co-founded denim line Current/Elliott -- to get the latest on spring's denim trends and how to wear them. The two maintain the Web site thisisemilyandmeritt.com, which Current says is a "place where we can put all of our world," and they also recently delved into the world of social media with a Twitter and Facebook page at @emilyandmeritt and Facebook.com/EmilyAndMeritt.

WWDBlog: Boyfriend jeans -- is this trend over?

Emily Current and Meritt Elliott (in unison): Never!
EC: They are an amazing weekend look. I can't imagine going flee marketing in anything else. It's cute, they are slouchy you can wear them looser or fitted, rolled or unrolled. There's something so great about wearing a bit of a relaxed jean, and because they aren't super long, you won't look like a complete a mess going to the supermarket or running errands in them. We wear it all different ways -- holes, no holes, light denim or dark denim. Believe it or not, they are flattering on most people. We subscribe to the philosophy that you shouldn't just wear one style. People should have a varied denim collection and be able to mix up proportion from day to day.
ME: For me, I was really into destroyed by jeans but lately I've been wearing just a rinsed version with a white tee and a little colored blazer and it just takes on a new version of it. If you want a wear a relaxed bottom ever, it's the best silhouette for that.

When it comes to white jeans, skinny or a wider fit?

There are absolutely reasons to wear both. In general, if you're going to wear white, it's great to break it up with an amazing belt and colored shoes, and perhaps some accessories that make it pop. As for a trouser, wide leg or bellbottom style, it takes it [the look] to a different place. It's more night time and more of a statement look. Wearing white skinny jeans can be integrated into all of your classics for daytime. It can serve the same purpose of the red jean -- with a chambray shirt it's adorable, or with a black tee and black blazer.
EC: White denim solves the denim on denim problem because you can wear a chambray shirt with white jeans and its so chic -- or a denim jacket with a tee and white jeans. There is something really great about this whole rock and roll, black jeans, leather jacket thing, and to add white jeans to the mix takes it to another place. You can wear your same leather jacket, tee shirt and booties, but just add white jeans.

What about bellbottoms?

There are a lot of bellbottoms on the market now -- high waisted, to low waisted, to trouser styles. I have bellbottoms for heels and bellbottoms for flats. Obviously with skinnies, you can bunch them up and wear with flats or heels. Your leg looks a million miles long with bellbottoms and heels, so it's a great look for dinner.
ME: Bellbottoms have always been one of our favorite silhouettes so were glad they're back. Depending on the rise, it's a good time to explore differenyt silhouettes on top. It's also good to have some comfortable heels -- [such as] vintage wooden wedges -- because bellbottoms tend to be long on most of us. We love having a more voluminous top with a little shrunken blazer or cardigan, and if it's a classic five-pocket style, you can go for it on the top.

Thoughts about black jeans in the summer?

ME: Black jeans can be worn 365 days a year. We tend to like cropped versions of them so you can see your ankle, and it seems more seasonably appropriate. It's a good time to mix with a perfect white tee or cream tops. It's nice to lighten it up on top, but the key would be cropped, or even rolled at the hem.
EC: Black feels really new for spring and summer when worn with brown shoes and belts and white tops. You can take it away from rocker and really make it a classic look.

Red jeans?

EC: They are definitely all the rage right now. Red jeans were seen on many runways, and red just feels like a very relevant color right now. This is an opportunity not to take it in an Eighties direction. It feels really great to do a white button down or a camel trench and a black pump. It's a way to play up what's classic in your wardrobe and add a pop of color. A camel trench coat just feels really refreshed.
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