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Rock 'n' roll divas, rejoice! There's a pair of jeans made just for you. The denim-skewed label Rock & Republic translates great music into jeans that make you want to dance. To satisfy the fashion urges of Rock & Republic devotees, the label includes a full ready-to-wear collection, along with the jeans that helped them go platinum.
In 2002, Andrea Bernholtz and Michael Ball got together to form Rock & Republic, an edgy label for those who can't stand to be parted from their jeans and leather jackets. One of the major players in premium denim, Rock & Republic expanded to include beauty, eyewear, shoes, bags and even maternity wear, so the rock lifestyle can be established in utero. In spite of the label's popularity, business hasn't been perfect. In 2010, Rock & Republic filed for bankruptcy protection.
Rock & Republic likes to give everyone a good reason to be checking out your bum. The back pockets on the jeans--whether the signature "R" or one of the many special styles--make a statement that can't be ignored. However, the jeans are more than just the pockets. The styles and the wash are what has turned them into cult favorites. Coveted styles include the Berlin, a skinny jean for girls who can't wear skinny jeans, and the Kasandra, the perfect classic boot cut. Favorite washes include Turmoil, an inky dark blue with heavy crosshatching and just a hint of whiskering at the upper thigh, and Battle Blue, a medium blue with fabulous fading and whiskering that flatters the entire leg.
At a Rock & Republic runway show, you get exactly what you would expect: lots of daring, rock star-worthy clothes and loud, pumping music. The skirts are short and the dresses are tight, whatever the season. The Spring 2009 collection was almost entirely free of color, with plenty of white, black and a smattering of denim blue.
The biggest celeb connection for Rock & Republic is Victoria Beckham, who collaborated with the label from 2004 to 2006. The popularity of the Swarovski-bejeweled Victoria Beckham Crowns made them one of the most-frequently faked styles of premium denim. The collaboration between Victoria Beckham and the company went sour in 2006, but plenty of other celebs--including Nicole Richie, Eva Longoria and Rihanna--can be spotted wearing the latest Rock & Republic styles