Meet Ilva. She’s a pretty cool gal. Aside from being a skateboarding champ (we’ve seen her navigate Bushwick streets after 3AM, whizzing in and out of trucks, both parked and mobile), and the most stylish Latvian in town, she has a band named after her! But when she dropped by our blog editor’s apartment in her awesome BCBG MAX Azria jeans recently, skateboard in hand, we demanded she stay for a quick photo shoot.
The paneled denim contours down the thigh to create very cool seamline that splits at the knee. We love how this adds texture without the superfluous appearance of appliqu?s or pre-meditated tears (because while we love those too, they’re not for every look). Ilva wore her jeans with a striped ruffled blouse—a surprisingly sweet twist to her too-cool-for-school look. And the best part? She says it’s an easy ensemble to skate in.
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Sick of consistent surface denim and a lack of zig-zagging contours? Never fear—paneled and and patchwork denim is rampant! Featured as one of Refinery29′s recent top Fall denim trends, you won’t have to walk (or click) far to find a pair that you love.
The trend seemingly snowballed via recent deliveries of panel-crazy cocktail dresses, worn tight as seran wrap to accentuate the torso as much as possible. Antonio Berardi and Versace are too obvious culprits–and more recently designers like Jen Kao have joined the geometric seams game. In jeans, the star players are designers like Helmut Lang, Rick Owens, Marc Jacobs, and Acne. Check out a few of our favorites below:
1. Helmut Lang Denim Smoke Wash Grey Combo Jeans ($230) – buy it at Shopbop.
2. TOPSHOP Chain Seamed Skinny Jeans in Grey ($100) – buy it at TOPSHOP.
3. Acne Black Paneled Skinny Jean ($313) – buy it at My Wardrobe.
4. SUPERFINE Leather SWIRL Jeans ($460) – buy it at Ssense.
5. Selected Femme Paneled Denim Skinny Jeans ($118) – buy it at ASOS.
6. Woodford & Co Denim Jodhpurs ($278) – buy it at Shopbop.
The trend expands to jackets, especially in patchwork (check out the Opening Ceremony jacket we featured the other day), and will likely spread steadily to other fits and fibers.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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