By  on May 4, 2011

VERNON, Calif. — Cj by Cookie Johnson, the denim brand started by jeans veteran Michael Glasser and celebrity Cookie Johnson, has a new designer and is introducing more fashion for its target audience of curvy women.

Christina Brocato, who previously held the title of director of design and product development at both Paige Premium Denim and Habitual, joined Cj five months ago and has already diversified from dark rinsed jeans to $176 silk blouses, $226 denim zip-up tops with dolman sleeves and $338 ponte blazers for the fall season. Expanding beyond the eight denim styles Cj offered during its launch in spring 2009, Brocato is also adding novelty fashion with unconventional fabrics and silhouettes, such as cigarette pants cut from brushed twill that feels like moleskin. Other new textiles Brocato has added include laser-cut python prints, lace foil, tonal leopard spots and an array of colored denim in dark green, burgundy and purple.

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