Do you ever wonder what designers wear back stage at fashion shows? We scoured through the recent spring-summer 2012 fashion shows to see who should, might and could rock a pair of jeans, even under intense stress and poorly-ventilated conditions. One of the first names who came to mind were Rick Owens, Rad Hourani, Robert Geller, Frida Giannini (Gucci) and Sharon Wauchob (Edun); but sadly, they did not deliver. Mind you, most designers pop their heads out for only a few seconds before running back from whence they came. However, the photogs were able to capture these 15 designers who chose to take a bow in jeans. Who do you think rocked their look?
Between London, Paris, and Milan, there was a whirlwind of denim to keep up with, but we’re making it easy for you by sharing our top 10 favorite denim collections. From Balenciaga’s broken front row bench (Anna Wintour had to stand!) , Gareth Pugh’s models in caged dresses, and Alexander McQueen’s use of lace head pieces,Spring 2012 European Fashion Weeks took more risks, exuded romance and signaled a return to the art behind couture that industry faves like Prabal Gurung craves so much. Designers are taking chances and we like what we’re seeing (well not all of it but that’s the point of this post isn’t it?).
In London, we love Henry Holland’s cloud-like look of bleach splatters on the high-waisted skinny jeans (also shown in another color scheme of peaches and cream). The color palette is pastel but with an edge, as the colors aren’t dulled down but rather pop out. The lavender high-waisted skinny jeans come with an almost animal-like printed spot on them, which have a much more nighttime feel than the bleached jeans.
Marques’Almeida certainly stood out during LFW, if that was even possible. Their take on frayed and ripped jeans and repurposed denim—in this case jeans that look like a DIY project gone out of control—is both visually interesting and creative. The creations exude a tribal nature while exerting a sense of raw rebellion. We hesitate to think the collection is actually wearable, but we give kudos for this entry into the substantial use of denim in a collection.
Paris Fashion Week definitely had a denim fest worth crushing over. Balmain took coated denim to a new level of class by pairing it with light-wash denim for a pantsuit as well as a futuristic denim mini dress that we absolutely fell in love with! We mean after all, if the world is ending in 2012, this is what we want to be wearing!
Isabel Marant was all over the place (in a good way) at PFW with patchwork denim, more bleached denim, and even a scribble print pair of skinny jeans. When you want the comfort of denim but want to take a chance that a pair of blue jeans just can’t give you, look here.
Keeping the ethnic and tribal print trend going strong, Paul & Joe brought a luxe version of the American South West to Paris mixing sheer lurex knits and metallic leather jeans in gold and bronze with bright silk ikat separates. This collection also marks the revival of hippie-chic embroidered jeans and handbags. Get into it because this is definitely the new take on bohemian style!
A decidedly architectural collection with exaggerated shoulders and bold proportions, Balenciaga‘s jeans for women were marked by frontal pleats and a cinched-waist; a method to exaggerate a woman’s slim waistline. A nod to the classic denim jacket, a satiny, over-sized re-interpretation in color blocks is embedded into the collection.
While Milan Fashion Week seemed to be marked by opulence, retro silhouettes and a return to couture, denim collections seemed to be conceived from another planet (save D&G‘s colorful handkerchief prints pieced with denim). The Dsquared2 collection for next season looks playfully urban chic. We love the pompom finish on the denim shorts, as well as the dip-dye boot cut jeans—looking dirty never looked so good!
Leave it to D&G to make foulard look so sexy! The whole collection centers on the print used as everything from killer shoes to blouses with denim details like pockets and full-on sleeves, to gorgeous summer evening dresses. This is the great au revoir to D&G as it will be combined with the Dolce & Gabbana brand after this season.
Also at MFW, the Bottega Veneta Men’s Collection combined leather and denim for a completely hot look, although we do have to say that we’d like to see those pieces as separates. We like the denim on denim style here also, which we think really only works thanks to the dark wash and minimalist detailing. The real eye-catcher was the tye-dye denim pants that almost look spray painted on. We love it on the runway but aren’t sure how well these would work in the real world.
In contrast to Roberto Cavalli‘s golden flapper dresses and couture detailing, his more casual Just Cavalli collection presented leather and metallic jeans styled in a Euro-Boho ensemble. There was some heavy-handed embroidery and pocket detailing, but the denim peasant blouse was one of the few separates we felt was worth a second look. The entire collection boldly displays some of the season’s hottest trends: python patterns and metallic jeans.
Images via Style.com.
While the Spring 2012 Fashion Weeks had some great looks, we hope designers such as Alber Elbaz, Hussein Chalayan, Stella McCartney and even Rick Owens will lend back their talents and generate new buzz for women’s denim. The relaunch of Kenzo in Paris, by the newly-appointed Creative Directors, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (Co-Founders of Opening Ceremony) who garnered rave reviews for their colorful fishnet print collection, showed creations which could easily be reinterpreted into denim. We know designers are inspired by denim, so we hope we get to see the actual textile play a more dominant role next season.
—Elyssa Linden, Kathy Ng Hassan & Sandoval Gomez
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Ok so let us break this new trend down for you: we love denim because it provides us with practical everyday fashion right? And we love sneakers because they can be comfortable and stylish right? And there you have it: the explanation why denim sneakers are taking over men’s footwear this year. After seeing the addition of accents like zippers, leather, suede, and paint (yes, we said paint) at PROJECT NY, this trend has completely won us over. Let us know which pair below (or pairs) you’ll be wearing this season.
We have to admit, this pair of John Galliano sneakers are the only time we will wish our feet were bigger.
Roberto Cavalli experiments with texture and color making sure his sneakers will be the main attraction of any outfit.
Levi’s stays true to its denim heritage with these pair, which are All-American made.
Photos by Raffael Flores Contreras
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Denim fashion has infiltrated hotels! Thompson Hotels, known for its luxury boutique hotel vibe packaged for Hipsters and creatives (as in actors!), has a blog which just featured a selection of denim shoes in various forms: heels, wedges and platforms by brands like Just Cavalli, Miu Miu and Stella McCartney. Are you curious about rocking a pair of denim heels? Check out Thompson Hotels’ denim shoe picks for your inspiration.
Just Cavalli denim and perforated leather upper ($505) – buy it at Zappos.
Enzo Angiolini Cerick in denim ($110) – buy it at Piperlime.
Christian Louboutin Deroba denim wedge ($595) – buy it at Bergdorf Goodman.
Miu Miu denim leather jute platform sandals (on sale for $468) – buy it at Bluefly.
Nine West Chartres wrapped platform in denim (on sale for $59) – buy it at Zappos.
Stella McCartney Leda Castillo blue clog (sold out, call to order) – buy it at Shop Savannah.
Alright, the Miu Miu shoes are more of a denim-inspired platform heel, but you get the point. Top designers know consumers love denim so they’re trying to deliver it to us in other covet-worthy forms.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
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??? Bijules is hosting an exclusive trunk show of the Rock Collection at Henri Bendel. Pieces range from $180 to $550. Through 6/27. 712 Fifth Ave., nr. 56th St. (212-247-1100); Th??“S (10??“8).
??? Anthropologie exhibits the work of artist, designer, and feminist icon Vera Neumann. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. 50 Rockefeller Plz., nr. 50th St. (212-246-0386); 5??“7.
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??? Dresses are 75 percent off and handbags are 50 percent off at Ilus. Through 6/29. 248 Elizabeth St., nr. Prince St. (646-454-1678); M??“F (noon??“7), S (noon??“6), Su (noon??“5).
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??? Spring 2009 and Resort 2008 essentials are on sale at Derek Lam. A silk tank dress is $550 (originally $1,790). Through 6/26. 601 W. 26th St., nr. Eleventh Ave., Ste. 1750 (212-929-1338); T??“F (10??“6).
??? Lingerie and intimates-inspired clothes are on sale at Only Hearts. A lace shift dress is $75 (originally $132) and a cap-sleeve blouse is now $25 (originally $90). Items from Princesse Tam Tam and Rebecca Minkoff will be on sale as well. Through 6/28. 230 Mott St., nr. Prince St. (212-431-3694); Th??“S (noon??“8), Su (noon??“7).
??? Enjoy deep discounts on vacation essentials at Matta. Cotton wrap dresses are $92, handmade leather sandals are $30, batik silk dresses are $108. 286 Lafayette St., nr. Houston St. (212-343-9399); T??“Th (11:30??“7).
??? Jane Marvel??™s all-purpose bags, messengers, and weekenders are up to 50 percent off. 499 Seventh Ave., at 37th St. (212-380-2225); T??“Th (10??“7).
??? Noir??™s bold, bright jewelry samples are on sale for up to 50 percent off. 350 W. 38th St., nr. Ninth Ave., fifth fl. (212-244-4846); T??“Th (10??“7).
??? Savvy & Co. is hosting a Bulga handbag sample sale, offering bags for up to 70 percent off. The sale will also run online at TheSavvy.com from 6/24 at noon to 6/27 at midnight. 145 W. 18th St., nr. Seventh Ave. (212-388-0339); W (8??“8), Th (10??“8).
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–Nikki Cho Russo
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