The denim dominion

- DORIAN D, Kathmandu
The denim dominion

Jul 16, 2015-

First brought into popularity in 1853, little did Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis know that they were bringing about a style revolution when they first teamed up to produce the Levi’s 501s. The robust mining trouser catered especially to the need of the gold miners of Coloma, California, has gone on to become the most iconic pair of jeans in the world. Granted that Strauss and Davis and their rivet reinforced design will forever be inked and seamed into denim history. The denim legacy they left behind has since gone on to become a crucial part of the global fashion discourse; and thus, been reincarnated into every silhouette imaginable. Denim, the timeless staple or fashion’s universal canvas, has always been a symbol of many style evolutions and it’s here to stay. Reinvented every year, seasons after seasons, 2015 is also in the midst of an extremely fun and audacious denim revolution with every designer out there going mad about the blues. Spring 2015, if anything, is about the “Jeanetic Revolution,” a rebirth of denim in a sartorial evolution of styles and silhouettes, with its possibilities being endless at its best. And here’s DORIAN D giving you all the Spring/Summer denim inspirations you need:



The bohemian blues

With a nod of approval given to the revival of the 70s trend, denim, this summer, is running on an all-time high with the season’s denim-on-denim uptake. A good dose of classic American floral prints, bohemian inspirations, flared and fringed details, all coupled with a touch of that dreamy Woodstock vibe, reigning high and mighty at shows such as Gucci and Etro is making way for that haute-hippie summer style. All you have to do is adapt by mixing and matching the chambray tones, donning your largest brimmed hat, putting on a pair of those clogs and those boho accessories and instagramming yourself away in the most vintage of filters. We’ll say, why don’t you start dreaming, girls?




The 70s flare

After season upon season of skinnies, hip hugging flared bottoms are back, back for good, and you’ll have to look no further than Nicolas Ghesquière’s authorisation of it at Louis Vuitton this summer. Hailed as the game changer of the season, if you haven’t gotten any flared jeans in your wardrobe just yet, it is definitely time to invest in a pair. That way you’ll be on your way and ready to pay homage to the eternal, long-legged flare style icons who are Jane Birkin and Kate Moss.




A call to the frays

Along with the fringe and flares, frayed denims, with or without ‘dem hemlines, also made for an important denim detail this season, with all kudos going to hip London designers Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida, who’ve been playing with frays for quite the number of seasons now. Joining them in the frayed league this summer were Burberry Prorsum, with Mr. Bailey opting for a frilly shearling lining on the label’s denim jackets, and Saint Laurent embracing the raw, jagged look wholeheartedly on both, skirts and jackets.  




Keeping it up with clean

In the long running battle between opulence and subtlety, minimalism, too, had its own share of victory in the denim war this season. With clean and minimal tailored denim jackets, shrink-to-fit jeans and the purest of all blue indigo denim, with no fading or wear and tear, coming forth as the runway stars. The likes of Chloé, Stella McCartney, Valentino and Michael Kors agreed, and it gave rise to a refined and sophisticated look that you can rock from work till the evening.



Denim on denim

With the ‘70’s being all well and alive on the street this summer, double duty denim has definitely made the biggest comeback of the season. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the whole denim on denim ensemble needs to translate into normcore or retro. With the humble work wear fabric getting that much needed upgrade, never has double denim been so modern and appropriate. The head-to-toe indigo and the quintessential denim shirt and jacket have been seen anywhere and everywhere from Stella McCartney and Michael Kors to Chloé and Gucci.



The denim dress

Hailed as perhaps the most important collection for the entire Spring/Summer season of 2015, Frida Giannini’s ode to the beloved house of Gucci saw her bring many a variations of denim to the runway. The two-toned denim dresses with corset laces and gleaming gold details being the key highlights of the show. Similar was the case at Chloé with boxy denim dresses being worn with high gladiator heels or flats.




The denim skirt

While fashion may have embraced the pencil and the peplums for quite a while now, Spring/Summer, for one, indicates at skirts with a much longer and wider silhouette. And nowhere was this more evident than in the collections of Clare Waight Keller at Chloé and Carol Lim and Humberto Leon at Kenzo, with each house sending their very own interpretation of the fuller denim skirt out on the runway. 




The denim is in the details

It was all about the detail for the designers this Spring/Summer. Every major fashion house was busy elevating conventional denim pieces with an array of feathers, jewels, patchworks, prints and sequined embellishments. Take a cue from Dolce & Gabbana and Anna Sui who took the luxe track with a pair of stars and gems studded embellished jeans, Tommy Hilfiger, MM6 Maison Margiela and Leonard who explored a palette of varied blues with their patchworks, and Ashish and Jean Paul Gaultier who played skilfully with sequins, prints and other adornments.




Easy distress

In the plethora of the flared, fringed, frayed and embellished this season, the ripped and distressed denim, too, have had their star moment. The girls at Roberto Cavalli, Hood By Air (HBA) and Ashish channelled their inner badness with diced and spliced distressed denims.


Denim’s major musical moment

Finally, when Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney went denim on denim with their FourFiveSeconds music video, a denim upheaval was set ablaze throughout the realm of mainstream pop culture. The Inez and Vinoodh directed video was conceptualised and styled by Yeezy and his never ending love for the sturdy fabric. The video, thus, features a vintage Sean John oversized denim jacket being belted around RiRi.

Published: 17-07-2015 11:39

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