mixed denim top.
years ago, denim-on-denim defied all of the dire
warnings in the "Undateable" handbook: Instead
of evoking John Denver or Britney Spears in her
misstyled youth, chambray shirts paired with darker blue
jeans became as cool as actor Johnny Depp and
street-style heroine Alexa Chung.
trendsetters helped free double denim of its
"Canadian tuxedo" image. And now, head-to-toe
denim looks as chic as the fabric’s birthplace
(France) and yet as carefree as its adoptive home
a winning combination this spring, as designers and
premium denim brands triple-dog-dare women to not only
double up on denim, but to do it in one piece or a
matching two-piece ensemble.
is having a major moment this season when anything goes
— from shredded to dark-wash, low-slung, or high-waisted,
and even patched or bedazzled," said Net-A-Porter.com’s
buying manager Sasha Sarokin. "Designers are
finding ways for denim to fit with any occasion whether
it be a super clean, luxe skinny jean or a laid-back
cropped wide-leg jean."
the charge are denim dresses, ranging from embellished
and evening-worthy at Bottega Veneta to office-ready at
Victoria Beckham to weekend-playful at AG Adriano
Goldschmied, in its collaboration with the
aforementioned Alexa Chung.
denim pant suits and jumpsuits surfaced at Stella
McCartney and Fendi. Denim overalls distance themselves
from plumbers, ranging from open-backed and sexy at
Sonia Rykiel (yes, sexy overalls) to skinny-leg and
youthful at J. Crew sibling Madewell, to flares at Frame
Denim. Short versions abound too, including from
unlikely sources such as Michael Kors.
think a lot more designers and brands that you wouldn’t
think of when talking about denim have gone in that
direction because they are seeing how transitional denim
is," said celebrity stylist Rachel Wirkus, citing
the growing number of people who wear denim 24/7.
denim-centric brands are thriving too. Madewell is
opening 15 stores through the end of the year, bringing
its total to 100, and just started wholesaling with ,
will soon offer shipping to 170 countries.
definitely an appetite for denim dressing right now,
which has helped us do well," said Madewell head of
design Somsack Sikhounmuong. "This whole idea of,
‘I know we can do jeans with denim, but what else can
we do?’ — the whole idea of denim wardrobing —
feels really cool and new."
1970s vibe running through spring collections fortifies
denim’s standing, reintroducing flared jeans with a
high rise from Louis Vuitton to DL 1961 to H&M. The
same high rise is applied to denim shorts for a rock
men, chambray shirts have graduated to denim blazers
from Burberry and John Varvatos. For the daring, "jorts"
are back — jean shorts for men — at H&M.
the runways, there’s a denim dress to suit every body
type and lifestyle, from boxy to fitted. Chloe’s
anorak-inspired denim dress was worn with gladiator
heels. Gucci’s two-tone denim dress sported western
accents reminiscent of Roy Rogers, with high-heeled
sandals replacing cowboy boots. More minimalist are
Kenzo’s zippered tunic and L’Agence’s sleeveless
dress with a nautical-white-rope belt.
skirts range from mini (Balmain) to midi (Marni and
Saint Laurent) to maxi (Kenzo). Some come with
coordinating tops in the same wash, which until recently
would have been fashion poison.
than ever denim invites experimentation. Just don’t
overthink it, warns Sarah Ahmed, DL1961’s creative
is that one garment in your closet that should never be
contrived," Ahmed said. "The more you add to
it, the more it takes away from its true appeal."