Search And Destroy

by jennine on July 7, 2008

Do you remember the days when jeans were way cooler with rips and holes? You know, like around the time Axel Rose could still complete a sentence. I remember doing all kinds of things, dripping bleach, cutting holes, drawing ankhs and peace signs, sometimes even the boy I happened to be going out with at the time. Well, destroying denim is probably been around for as long as jeans were in fashion, and it never really leaves us… but for some reason, I’ve been a little more reluctant to chop up my favorite pair of $200 jeans, even if I’ve worn them until they’ve got holes in them too. And the old jeans? Well, I left my old jeans in San Francisco. Luckily, I was able to find a bunch of high waisted Levi’s and Wranglers at the flea market… So it’s time to do some experimenting. Here are a few images I have in my mind… Alexander Wang’s AW08 with ripped up nylons, Christopher Kane SS08 (the shirt, not so much) and the lovely Cristalette

What I’ll be doing…

At the end of the week, I’ll share what I’ve done… maybe if you’re inspired, would you join me?

I’m not sure yet… but here are the supplies I have on deck.

Scissors, seam ripper

Cheese Grater

Bleach, maybe, just maybe I’ll get some dye.


At the end of the week, I’ll share what I’ve done… maybe if you’re inspired, would you join me? Send some pics… post with a link back, it would be great to see how other people destroy their denim.

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Mer July 7, 2008 at 8:28 am

I remember cutting my father’s wrangler and doing shorts or tiny mini skirts and then painting them with acrylics. I had like 5 like that…
It was fun, so maybe I join you with the experiment!
A toast to the 90′s!

susie_bubble July 7, 2008 at 9:04 am

I’m there with you….will nab a pair of cheap Uniqlo skinnies and see what i come up with…let’s do a blog link-up post when we’re both done, oui?

jennine July 7, 2008 at 9:15 am

excellent! i’m so happy you like the idea… i can’t wait to see what you come up with! blog link up it is…

punky July 7, 2008 at 5:09 pm

I stole a pair of my boyfriends work jeans last week and made them in to cutoff…Thay came out can never have too many wild jeans.

thue July 8, 2008 at 9:30 am

this is almost too close for comfort since i actually did do this to my jeans and keds.

definitely excited to see what you and susie come up with!

kirsty lee July 8, 2008 at 8:29 pm

i’ve been thinking the very same… you’ve read my mind. i experimented with some bleach and a black t-shirt the other day. it looks like the brown acid washed AA t-shirts.

that was the practice run. next stop, jeans!

kirsty lee July 8, 2008 at 8:29 pm

i think my link was wrong in the above post. corrected.

Prêt-à-Porter P July 8, 2008 at 10:43 pm

if u dye them, im curious to see how it goes. i have a beloved (but not worn often) jean jacket, that i think i would get more use out of it was dyed black. but im scared…

jennine July 9, 2008 at 3:11 am

you’ll see! i just gotta figure out this fabric thing… they don’t have clorox in germany… who knew…

ambika July 9, 2008 at 10:13 am

Gosh, I remember taking sand paper to my jeans! It seems so long ago now! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

jenny August 6, 2008 at 4:14 am

Black opaque 120 denier Tights are the Best for cutting up..use a cheese grater !!

karina February 1, 2009 at 4:32 am starting a “save our Black opaque Tights” campaign put an end to people deliberatly ripping and destroying Black opaque Tights,,before they become extinct..please feel free to sign>>>

cristalette September 21, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Hey! thanks for the shout-out- my friend Joe Teplitz and I designed those shorts together- I highly reccomend the bleach pen for designs, scince the gel doesn’t run, and those light wash levis you find everywhere? OVERDYE THEM- they’ll look like acid wash! Try turqoise or red or yellow, not RIT- the real stuff- you’ll be so stoked on it!
luvin’ it,

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