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Fashion Week has come to an end and as much as I have been loving all the fashion shows, this girl is max’d out and glad to have some time to recupe. Let ‘s take a look at the denim shows that were presented this week and highlight some of the trends that are going to be hot for Spring 2009.
Rag & Bone: Marcus Wainwright and David Neville’s “punk rebel without a cause” inspired collection had their show off site at Pier 94. The line consisted of skinny jeans and pants, off the shoulder dresses and tops, skinny suspenders, preppy skinny cardigans and jackets that had a cool skinhead English beat to the looks. Nothing was overly done and the toned-down influence blended well in the collection. Spot on for what’s hot now and to continue with the heavily British influence.
Rock & Republic: Black and white was the theme for Rock and Republic’s Spring 2009 collection. White stretch jeans, tight stretch minis, black leather jackets and tuxedo inspired jackets dominated the collection. A denim lovers wardrobe is never complete without some black and white denim!
Miss Sixty: This show was colorful and cheerful that put a smile on my face. The bohemian 70’s inspired line had harem pants, hot pants, maxi-skirts, halter dresses, jumpsuits and denims in harem cuts and drop crotch shapes. The ballooned treatment is applied to shoulders and skirt hems alike to exaggerate the feminine form. What I loved was the different variations of the harem style that was incorporated into the jeans. A look that will be popular amongst the fashionista crowd for sure. Celebs that I spotted were Blake Lively, Rosario Dawson, Bijou Phillips, Becki Newton, Monet Mazur, Francesca Versace and Richie Rich (who I was trying to chase down like a stalker before the show because I think he’s such a character).
Diesel Black Gold: Renzo Rosso’s Diesel Black Gold collection produced dirty sand blasted denim with an English military touch. The second season for his line had more slouchy and drop crotch jeans paired up with great leather jackets for his Spring 2009 Diesel Black Gold collection. Amongst the celebs that were there were Petra Nemcova, Juliette Lewis, Mark Ronson and his girlfriend, “IT” girl, Daisy Lowe. I was also able to snap a pic of the great fashion photographer Ellen Von Unwerth. All in all I was impressed with this line and loved the slouchy denim.
William Rast: The William Rast Spring 2009 collection, designed with Swedish designer Johan Lindeberg and his Italian wife, Marcella, was what Timberlake and partner Trace Ayala said they’d always been shooting for. There was a lot of ripped dirty jeans, military inspired studded jackets, tuxedo inspired jackets and short wide ties. The show started off with Justin Timberlake’s video of him playing an outlaw character named William Rast. A nice collection.
So, my denim lover friends, looks like what we have in store for Spring 2009 are more slouchy and Eastern influenced cuts for denim with military and tuxedo inspired jackets. The punk-preppy look is hot now and will be for next Spring as well so stay on the look out for items such as preppy cardigans, skinny ties, vintage slim fitting tuxedo jackets, Sgt. Pepper-like military jackets and of course, most importantly, slouchy jeans. Skinny’s aren’t going away, just different variations of them will be charming the pants off of you!
I also wanted to add that according to financial reports, in this rough road to a recession, the denim industry has not been shaken, in fact, it has done better than ever. So, the numbers speak for themselves, a good pair of denim jeans is a sound investment. Of course, budget permitting, there are great jeans that run the spectrum of price and quality. It’s just a matter of finding the right fit for your body and lifestyle. Pricey doesn’t necessarily always mean the best.
–Nikki Cho Russo