An Interiors Pro Shows Us Around Her Boss Bedroom (& Denim Collection)

Athena Calderone
"I am an interior designer, own a company, Rawlins Calderone Design, and my work has been featured in the New York Times. I'm super-excited for the renovation of my Amagansett Mid-Century modern beach house to be featured in Elle Decor's July 2012 issue — this project was a labor of love for me! I'm a visual creature who is continually inspired by all that surrounds me... I pride myself on pairing the unexpected in life, design, and the food I passion, which can be experienced on my new blog, EyeSwoon, a destination for creativity, food, and design dedicated to lovers of living with beauty and deliciousness in everyday life. You can check it out here [], but I am in the process of designing a custom blog set to launch next month."
What were your first pair of jeans?
"As a pre-teen, my very first job was at a store called The Jean Outlet, and I had every pair of acid-washed jeans imaginable... Skin tight, lots of zippers, and in a multitude of colors and washes. That was in the early '90s."
What are you wearing?
First look: "A pair of super-short Current/Elliot jean shorts...amazing the deconstructed removal of the back pocket. I like to pair sexy, revealing shorts with an elegant, buttoned-up silk blouse like this patterned one from Zara and a blazer, this one is Helmut Lang. I tend to only wear mini, mini shorts and usually cut them shorter! The perfect gray summer wedge by Alejandro Inglemo... Ring, necklaces, and cuff are by Anndra Neen."
Second look: "A great pair of vintage jean overalls I purchased at the Brooklyn Flea with a mesh Isabel Marant shirt."
Third look:"A navy and black striped, torn-edged silk tank from Raquel Allegra, a pair of bright-orange tailored trousers by O'2nd, navy suede shoes by YSL, jewels by Anndra Neen (which I LOVE!), and my absolute favorite shrunken vintage boys' Wrangler jean jacket. I have had this jacket for over 10 years now, and I wear it A LOT...maybe too much, it’s never met a look it doesn’t play well with! Paired with a flowy, feminine dress, with a maxi-skirt and tank, layered under a heavier coat in winter, or in summer over a flirty dress, or with shorts. It is without a doubt the go-to piece in my closet that always works. Throwing it over a more-sophisticated dress gives my look a street edge, and its mini proportions don’t distract a silhouette — they add to it — and are perfect for my frame!"
How many pairs of jeans do you own?
Do you have a preferred philosophy when it comes to jeans: Sexy and skinny, or loose and comfy?
"Usually sexy and skinny, but I am an extremist, so it's one or the other... Super-skinny or super-oversized and baggy...skater style... Nothing in-between."
Used or new?
"For jean jackets, used for sure. I have three that I rotate... One of them definitely represents NYC to me, as it was the first piece of clothing I bought when I moved here at Cheap Jack's... It's falling apart in all the right places!"
What's your signature wash...or does it matter?
"Doesn't matter....I love black jeans or a lived-in wash, especially for shorts and jackets."
What's your favorite way to wear your jeans and with what?
"I like to wear a chic, sophisticted outfit and juxtapose or offset the look with a grungy jean jacket. I like to turn things on their side a bit... I never like to wear the obvious or a complete look."
If your jeans had a name or theme song, what would it be? Or do they?
"That's a really hard one...something rock 'n' roll... Lenny Kravitz's 'Want To Fly Away.' The song just feels badass and sexy."
Favorite example of celebrity-jean wearing (i.e., Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA album cover).
"Erin Wasson in her white silk blouse and ripped hot!"
What do you love most about your favorite denim pieces?
"That my jeans have been on many journeys with me over the years, so they feel lived-in, tell a story, and truly represent me."
Photographed by Kava Gorna. Casting by Megan Delaney.

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