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Trending Now: This Week’s Fashion News

Leighton Meester has been named the face of Vera Wang’s new fragrance. Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

It didn€™t feel like fall here in Los Angeles (90 degree weather, huh?), but that doesn€™t mean that the fashion world takes an Indian summer vacay. Here€™s what you might have missed if you were spending the day in the sun or ducking in from the East Coast storms.

Little by little: Satya jewelry finds that mini-collections are just the thing to make it big. [FTD]

Video killed the lookbook: Lanvin showcases their H&M collab via viral video. Oh Alber, thanks for making us drool all over this collection. [FTD]

Boy meets girl in one of fall€™s hottest trends. Try on one of these menswear-inspired trends and take any outfit into the next season in no time. [FTD]

And elsewhere on the blogosphere:

No refunds or exchanges? After purchasing a stake in Hermes last week, LVMH is being forced to withdraw because of what the family deems unfriendly intentions.

C€™est la vie, Vuitton. [the Cut]

Iman sings the praises of designer Victoria Beckham (Sound familiar? We did it first!), calling her a real designer and not just a celeb with a vanity brand. [People StyleWatch]

Smells like teen spirit — vindictive teen spirit that is. Gossip Girl Leighton Meester signs on as the face of Vera Wang€™s new eau. Available next summer, here€™s hoping B ditches the headband.

Death by fire. The Hells Angels and Alexander McQueen settle by recalling products bearing the Hells Angels logo (scarves, rings, clutches, etc.) from Saks Fifth Avenue and Zappos. [WWD]

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Barbell Denim Gives Athletic Thighs the Jeans they Deserve

Barbell Denim

No matter what your shape and size, shopping for jeans is right up there on the scale of miserable shopping outings with bathing suit shopping. When you find a pair, it’s like the angels are singing “Ave Maria” from the high heavens and you’ve found your one true pair. If you are lucky enough to find your holy grail denim, we recommend stocking up, because inevitably, something changes, a style gets discontinued, or worse yet, you wear out your beloved blues. Recently, denim has been shrinking. No, not because of careless laundry habits, but because styles are getting slimmer and tighter, giving athletic bodies fewer and fewer choices when it comes to denim. Hunter Molzen, Co-founder of Las Vegas-based Barbell Denim, saw the necessity for a more generous cut for guys and girls with athletic bodies, so he started a Kickstarter campaign to get premium denim out on the market that would fit more than just rail-thin hipsters.

Barbell Denim

“These are the anti-thigh gap jeans,” Molzen said to ABC News. “Athletes work hard for their strong, meaty thighs and they should be proud of them. It’s how human beings were built to function.”

Blame it on the rise in Crossfit attendance or the loyal following that spin classes such as Flywheel and SoulCycle have amassed, because Barbell Denim’s Kickstarter campaign surpassed its goal of raising $15,000 and ended up with over $735,000 of funding at the end of its campaign.

Molzen, along with a team of weight lifters, snowboarders and rock climbers worked to design the jeans so that they’d blend function and fashion.

Using measurements from friends, family and more, they designed the fit of the jeans — the brand is starting with just one fit for men and one for women, but plans on expanding the range — to accommodate more athletic builds.


Barbell Denim

The jeans, which will retail for $149, are fitted, but aren’t as tight as a jegging, but they’re also not baggy. Instead, the goal was to hit the sweet spot of being fitted without looking too skinny. Comfort comes courtesy of a touch of spandex, which lets you move while you’re in your jeans without that painful break-in period that denimheads and serious selvedge fans know all too well. The jeans also take into account athlete’s waist and thigh ratio which is often a problem in most of the offerings on the market. Athletes and gym-goers often have small waists in comparison to their thighs, so they’re usually stuck buying a bigger size. Like other premium denim lines, Barbell Denim uses hand finishing to give jeans a lived-in look, premium brass buttons, genuine leather labels and more.

Contributors to Barbell’s Kickstarter campaign can expect their jeans in July and the brand will offer its jeans to the masses shortly after.

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Let the Sunshine In: Shop Our Favorite Orange Picks

Pantone may have its color of the year, but what the calendar and the streets say doesn’t necessarily compute with the color company’s predictions. Case in point: we’re seeing orange all over. From home goods to accessories and even beauty, the haute hue is taking over. We’ve gathered together our favorite home goods and more in the hottest color of the season, so give your bag a break, add some pop to your house or step into the trend and go all out with a pair of orange sandals or a bit of bright bling.

Clockwise from top left: Sara Happ Lip Scrub in Clementine ($24), Milly Crossbody Essex Fringe Small Drawstring Bag

($275), Tory Burch Izzie Watch ($550), Diane von Furstenberg 440 Croc Embossed Leather Envelope Clutch ($248), Jonathan Adler Hollywood Bath Soap Dish ($30), Oliver Gal Sunshine Wall Art ($98), Longchamp Quadri Three Quarter Zip Wallet ($265), David Yurman Chevron Triple-Wrap Bracelet ($350), Circus by Sam Edelman Selma Gladiator Sandal ($44.95), Trina Turk Mojave Ikat Border Decorative Pillow ($350)