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April 21 2014

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Emily Current and Meritt Elliott Set Out to Tell Their Denim Story

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current elliott “We fancy ourselves storytellers in everything we do—that’s how we approach styling and designing,” Meritt Elliott says of what informs her and partner Emily Current’s work. The L.A.-based duo, formerly of Current/Elliott and now stylists to Mandy Moore, Emma Roberts, and Jessica Alba, among others, have put their fashion tales into print with their latest venture, A Denim Story: Inspirations From Bellbottoms to Boyfriends.

With a curated collection of images, A Denim Story categorizes and classifies denim, from overalls to American Summer styles, workwear shapes to the most loved, lived-in pairs. And since the team first bonded in college over their love of vintage Levi’s 646s, the book shies away from expected imagery of sexed-up models in tight jeans. Instead, it pays careful attention to pairs that feel timeless and slightly androgynous. “We definitely always gravitate toward the idea of a boy’s jean on a girl, something that’s a bit awkward—something from your dad’s closet or your boyfriend’s jeans,” said Current, whose original boyfriend jean helped to launch the still-strong trend. Along with photographer Hilary Walsh, Current and Elliott focus on imagery that highlights this sentiment, drawing aesthetic inspiration from masculine silhouettes, the Dust Bowl era, and the children’s series The Boxcar Children.

Inevitably informed by their successful design past, not to mention their close proximity to denim manufacturing in downtown L.A., Current and Elliott assert that their take on denim is unique. “In many ways, since we come from a design background, the book is our inspiration board—it’s the things that have inspired us in different chapters,” Current explained. “We love our sensibility to be dressed up sometimes, too,” Elliott says of their now signature look that’s equal parts fantasy and quintessential Americana. It’s that effortlessness that defines them, and their never-ending love affair with denim.

A Denim Story: Inspirations From Bellbottoms to Boyfriends will be available from Rizzoli starting March 18.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Current and Elliott Bring It Home

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Emily & Meritt for PBteen

“We are very visual people and believe that your space can be a study of your personal style and an outlet for your creativity—it’s just like fashion,” explained Meritt Elliott, one half of a Hollywood styling powerhouse alongside partner Emily Current (yes, they’re the same Meritt Elliott and Emily Current known for denim range Current/Elliott, but they left the company in 2012). The duo, who were recently inducted into the CFDA, have brought their carefully crafted aesthetic to a special collection with PBteen, launching today. As is their trademark, classic pieces are reimagined with a touch of playfulness and hints of femininity: a clothing rack is given an antique feel, an occasional table is redefined as a wood stump, a side table feels vintage in linen, bedding is updated with metallic embellishments, and a chaise lounge is made modern with denim upholstery. “We relied on our favorite fabrications, colors, and small irreverent references that celebrate personal style and something warmly familiar,” Current said of replicating their world, filled with style, thoughtfulness, and charm. The designers sent us an exclusive sketch of the range (below), as well as a snap of the finished product (above).

Emily & Meritt for PBteen Sketch

Though they’ve made their mark in fashion, Current and Elliott’s PBteen collaboration was a seamless extension of their overall creative vision. “Interior design and styling and fashion design are actually very similar,” Current said of their ability to cross over. “We rely on a balance of proportion, a need for a high-low, irony, and the juxtaposition of masculine and feminine.” The formula has proved fruitful for the pair, who now count Jessica Alba, Emma Roberts, Mandy Moore, and Sophia Bush as clients. And the team reiterated that they’re not done with denim yet. “We are never done with denim! It’s who we are,” Current offered. And denim or not, they promise a future in design that’s confident. “And big!” Elliott added.

Emily & Meritt for PBteen is available from today at PBteen stores. Prices range from $29 to $799.

Photos: Courtesy of Emily & Meritt for PBteen

Shop The Look: Earn Your Stripes

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These days, leopard print is practically a neutral. But Technicolor zebra stripes? Not so much. This spring, designers are offering a chance to stand out with zebra-patterned wares in shocking hues. Separate yourself from the fashion tribe and shop our looks from By Malene Birger, Current/Elliott, Kenzo, and more, below.



1. By Malene Birger sweater, $445, available at www.net-a-porter.com

2. Current/Elliott jeans, $235, available at www.stylebop.com

3. Pierre Hardy backpack, $2,070, available at www.colette.fr

4. Christian Louboutin shoes, $1,995, available at www.net-a-porter.com

5. Kenzo shoes, $295, available at www.net-a-porter.com.


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Shop the Look: Fit to Dip

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Dye treatments are typically reserved for colorful tank tops and sundresses, but this season designers have applied icy-hued ombré effects to sweaters, jackets, and scarves. The result is a fresh update to the typically muted winter palette. Shop our picks from Acne Studios, Carven, DKNY, and more, below.


1. Acne Studios jacket, $370, available at www.net-a-porter.com

2.Carven sweater, $455, available at www.matchesfashion.com

3. Tory Burch scarf, $185, available at www.toryburch.com

4. DKNY bag, $295, available at www.dkny.com

5. Current/Elliott jeans, $305, available at www.matchesfashion.com


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Photo: Courtesy Photo

Get the Look: Quirky Cool

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We’ve had our eye on Chinese model Wang Xiao for some time now (and so has our resident street-style photographer, Tommy Ton). She has a feminine and playfully offbeat way of dressing that seems just right for the new year. The Wilhelmina catwalker was snapped by Vanessa Jackman in London wearing ripped denim with pink accessories and a blouse with colorful, sheer sleeves. Take a cue from Wang Xiao’s lighthearted off-duty style and refresh your look with essentials from Marc Jacobs, Barbara Bui, and more, below.


From top left:
Current/Elliott boyfriend jeans, $406, available at www.matchesfashion.com; Barbara Bui sweater, $1,310, available at www.thecorner.com; Marc Jacobs bag, $811, available at
www.mytheresa.com; Esquivel brogues, $750, available at www.netaporter.com

Photo:Vanessa Jackman