Jenni Avins

VIDEO: The Next Generation of Personal Shoppers, for the Wall Street Journal

On testing out personal shoppers for this Wall Street Journal...
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The Next Generation of Personal Shoppers, for the Wall Street Journal

Personal shoppers are no longer just a privilege enjoyed by ladies with envy-inducing retail budgets. A picky customer puts four services to the test. A STAR EMERGES in “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s,” the new documentary about venerable New York department store Bergdorf Goodman: sardonic, silver-haired personal shopper Betty Halbreich. “I can get into a person’s...
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VIDEO: The Pencil Skirt is Reborn, for the Wall Street Journal

Live pencil skirt punditry for the Wall Street Journal....
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Pencil in Some Fun, for the Wall Street Journal

Now in look-at-me prints, the strict, knee-length skirt sheds its serious side QUICK: PICTURE a woman in a pencil skirt. The image that likely appears is of a tweed-clad office worker or an old-fashioned schoolmarm, or maybe a smoky-eyed fashion editor in all black and bondage heels. The straight and narrow silhouette that defines the pencil skirt, usually associated with strictness and...
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VICE: De Nimes, the Long Journey of Blue Jeans

DE NIMES THE LONG JOURNEY OF BLUE JEANS By Jenni Avins   A farmer shows off his trusty blue jeans in Pie Town, New Mexico, 1940. Photo courtesy of Russell Lee/Library of Congress Before we had low-rise, straight-leg, skinny, selvage, stretchy, resin-coated, lotion-infused, or mom jeans, there was simply jean—the fabric. The name likely originated from gênes, referring to Genoa, Italy,...
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Falling for the Flip Side, for the Wall Street Journal

For some jewelers, what you don’t see takes center stage   F. Martin Ramin for The Wall Street Journal (2) Front (left) and back (right) of Indo Russian Diamond Choker with Emerald and Pearl Drops, Price Upon Request, Munnu/The Gem Palace, 212-861-0606 TO THE CASUAL OBSERVER, jewelry is all about catching the eye—how a stone captures the light, or the way a certain shade...
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VIDEO: Fashion Week Snowball Challenge for the Cut and New York Magazine

Here’s what happens when you bring a bodega bag of pre-packed snowballs to the Alexander Wang show. Watch it...
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Tuck It All in There, for VICE

FETISHIZING THE LATEX DREAM IN THE BRAZILIAN RAINFOREST Jenni tries on Fetisso’s best-selling gloves in the factory’s stockroom. Sometime in the mid-1960s, near the small Swiss town of Vordemwald, little Willi Graber was playing by himself on his grandparents’ farm. He wandered into the kitchen, where something in a basket of old clothes caught his eye: a pair of yellow latex kitchen...
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Free Range Fur, for VICE

FREE RANGE FUR: IS IT STILL MURDER IF YOU TRAP IT, SKIN IT, AND SEW IT YOURSELF? By Jenni Avins Photos by Dustin Fenstermacher Coming face-to-face—actually, face-to-exposed-leg-muscle—with the half-skinned fox. That’s Larry laughing in the bacakground. Years ago, I worked for a fashion designer who had a penchant for fur dyed in bold colors that ranged from acid-green to plum. Most of...
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