Denim Dreams

As wardrobe staples go, a pair of jeans ranks pretty highly. Whilst skinny jeans have taken pride of place in our wardrobes for the last decade, it would appear that the tide is finally turning, ushering in a new wave of denim creations. Out go those stretchy, spray on skinnies in favour of more retro Levi 505s, cropped boot cut and flared styles. Denim enjoyed a prominent place on the Spring/ Summer 16 runways too, with Chanel, Marc Jacobs and Dries van Noten all giving their personal twist on our beloved fashion favourite. With so much choice this season, will you make like Debbie Harry and opt for tight and high 505s or like Caroline de Maigret with her boyfriend friendly cuts?


For those of you dedicated to the denim cause, these last few years may have proved a little tiresome. There is no denying that real denim jeans have been predominately foregone in favour of imposter style denim leggings, complete with fake pockets and rips at the knee. Whilst the sleek silhouette of a good pair of skinnies speaks volumes, there is a sense of cheating and compromise. It’s well known amongst jean insiders that a much loved and worn pair of Levi’s will only ‘give out’ after a long six months of perseverance and dedication, yet the rewards are significant. Once worn in, rigid jeans guarantee to hold, flattering your figure in all the right places. The now iconic Levi 505s are known for their bottom enhancing qualities, whilst our household skinnies can sometimes flatten and crinkle in all the wrong places. The go to style amongst fashion aficionados this season is a high rise straight leg, falling just above the ankle. The clear retro tones can be enhanced or downplayed accordingly, but the effect is unashamedly chic. Similarly, cropped flared styles have been sported recently by the likes of Emmanuelle Alt and Alexa Chung, who teamed her new found denim favourites with sleek black boots and a leopard print coat for a look that oozed sixties appeal. Not restricted to a simple pair of jeans, this season’s denim has been reworked into numerous pieces. Think denim pinafores Jane Birkin would be proud of, jumpsuits à la Louis Vuitton and jackets seen at Alexander McQueen and Chloé.

There were also some clear denim trends to emerge from the Spring/ Summer catwalks. Not for the sartorially shy amongst us, long denim skirts swept their way down the catwalk. At Alexander Wang, skirts were toughened up with racing striped biker jackets, whilst at See by Chloé models exuded seventies boho chic. Denim was given a feminine twist at Alexander McQueen and Suno as flower detailing wove its way around knee length jackets and dresses. At the other end of the fashion spectrum, nineties skater jeans enjoyed a revival. Think wide leg pieces at Chanel and slouchy boiler suits at Stella McCartney. Continuing this more relaxed approach to denim, at Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane sent models down the runway in patchwork creations for his festival chic inspired collection.


Whichever denim creations take your fancy this season, quality and finish are equally important. Whether a waistband needs to be raised, a skinny leg opened up or excess material around the button fly removed, a good tailor can make a thrift store pair of jeans look practically bespoke. For those looking for the ultimate fashion credentials, look to LA based jeans label, ReDone. With a client list boasting the likes of Lily Aldridge and Kendall Jenner, this innovative new brand reworks vintage finds into modern, off the peg designs. Or similarly, turn to Levi’s themselves, whose bespoke service, Lot No 1, tailors a new pair of jeans to your body shape. Brand of the moment, Vetements, has also developed a loyal following amongst fashion editors with its range of DIY-esque patched and chopped denim creations.


With its decidedly rebellious feel, this new wave of denim creations is all about creativity – finding new and inventive ways of updating fashion’s most trusted go to piece.


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