IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.

Rock & Republic mixes music with fashion

Heavy hardware, fur accents featured in 2006 fall, ‘ultra-premium’ lines
Actress Natasha Henstridge arrives at \"The New Era,\" Rock & Republic's exhibition of their fall 2006 collection of fashion at Sony Studios in Los Angeles, Monday, March 20, 2006.Chris Pizzello / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

Rock & Republic brought new meaning to rock ’n’ roll style with a black-tie concert featuring the Pretenders to unveil its new line.

Sony Studios Stage 18 was transformed into a stylish nightclub. Drinks flowed and hors d’oeuvres were passed. An ice sculpture glistened in the corner.

Pieces from the fall collection and new “ultra-premium” line, Tailor Made, were illuminated in wall-size displays, not unlike a museum exhibit.

Smaller cases held accessories: studded leather cuffs, a sparkly evening bag and a designer dagger (no kidding) with a leather sheath.

Chrissie Hynde wore a pale blue pair of Rock & Republic jeans at Monday night’s event. (“I don’t have to rock in them, but I do,” she said.)

Heavy hardware, fur accents and some unexpected details are key to both lines. The collections are among those being shown at L.A. Fashion Week, which continues through Thursday night.

The denim collection shows jeans slimmer at the ankle than in seasons past and back pockets adorned with stitching, studs and rhinestones.

Fitted denim jackets are intricately embroidered with the company’s skull logo. A green military-style jacket gets girly with a fluffy fur collar, while guys get a classic motorcycle jacket reinterpreted in fur.

Tailor Made is decidedly dressier than Rock & Republic’s denim offerings, but with the same edge and slim fit.

A pinstripe blazer with leather trim tops a houndstooth check vest, white business shirt and furry leopard-print tie. A V-neck sweater has fur puffs for sleeves. Another has jewel buttons and is matched with a shirt and tie.

Two wine-colored gowns completed the display. One was red carpet-ready, with a fitted bodice that spilled into a regal train. The other was a funky, strapless number with a corset top and full bustle in back.

The collection also includes sleek fur boots, for both men and women, and pointy-toe pumps textured with fur, glitter and chains.