Denim Road-Test: Bzen
Fashion Designer Rebecca Turbow's Monochromatic Moment
When it comes to personal style, Turbow practices what she preaches. For years she has only worn monochromatic color combinations, even going as far as dying all her clothes and painting the bottoms of her shoes. Therefore, she was a perfect fit for our latest denim road-test. To wit, we asked Rebecca to test out a pair of Bzen's "Nathalie" tapered jeans. We thought this might meet her design expectations, since this Montreal-based premium denim line produces 100% hand-stitched, hand-sanded products. Constructed of black Japanese fabric, the style is washed down until it reaches a soft gray color: a perfect fit for Turbow’s own wardrobe. We asked her 10 questions:
Tell me about Safe.
The original concept of the line is about clothing and how it keeps you safe.
What’s your latest collection about?
It’s a little more grown-up, more sophisticated. I was calling it “’80s prep school.” It’s got a ‘80s vibe mixed with the ‘60s-mod era.
For a long time you only wore the colors green and white. And now you only wear the color gray. Explain?
It started about nine years ago, and I was really drawn to this shade of green. I started dying everything that color, and before I knew it, everything was green. It wasn’t even intentional, it just sort of happened, and then I became the girl who wore all green and white. Then last year, I needed a change in my life and I switched to gray. It’s great because I got to look forward to a whole new color.
What did you think of the Bzen jeans?
I think they are great. The color is really good. I’m really into cool grays, and these are a really nice cool gray in a medium shade.
Where did you wear your new Bzen?
I wore them all day doing errands, and I ended up going out all night in them as well! I went to a birthday party at the bowling alley Lucky Strike. Then I went to the Beatrice Inn, and I was there all night!
What did you pair with the denim?
I wore a silk, sort of oversize T-shirt, from my Fall 09 line. It almost acts like a dress because it’s pretty big and long. It looked really cute, because the jeans are really tight and skinny. Also, I wore my favorite little leather scrunch boots.
How did they fit and feel?
I love the fit and they look awesome! And they are really skinny, which I really like. My only issue is the waist was so low on them that they cut into my hipbone, which was kind of uncomfortable. But, I definitely got a ton of compliments …
Do you ever feel stifled by only wearing gray?
It can be so difficult. I’ve been trying to find winter boots this year and it’s impossible! It’s so much harder than you think it would be.
~Meredith Craig de Pietro