Are you out shopping for some new looks? Denim, a perennial favorite, has been elevated this season. The new takes are anything but classic.
Jeans are here to stay. What is cool and new are the jackets, dresses, skirts, overalls. They are layered,decorated, deconstructed, printed, manipulated, shredded, and made with different takes on denim. The Sacai outfit above highlights the new creative denim spirit.
The new denim jackets are for everyone, at price points from contemporary to designer. Alice and Olivia chop the jackets up and re-imagine them,distressing the denim and adding pops of ethnic prints. Balanciaga makes a classic shirt jacket new by adding a floral embroidery to the back,
Off-White celebrates women with a statement floral embroidered back jacket. Marques Almeida deconstructs and re-imagines their jacket in classic blue denim. They frayed the neck, and added a peplum flounce at the bottom. Also from the brand are short overall onesies that are cutting edge. White or blue, they look great.
Cropped jackets look cool as do distressed overalls from Paige. A rhinestone fringe added to a collar gives this jacket a new feel. With customization being all the rage, you too can add your own trims to a jacket to make your own statement clothing.
JW Anderson's Loewe jacket is a statement. He has patched the jacket with many different floral prints. You could do a version of this yourself with fabrics and ribbons. What you can't do for yourself is re-imagine the proportions of the jacket as ReDone does with this oversized jacket, with it's interesting wash. The sleeves are also artfully shredded. Creative destruction is a major denim theme these days.
The jackets are treated to distressed finishes. On the left Alice and Olivia creates a peplum effect, with raw edges. The proportion of the jacket is a bit elongated. Junya Wantanabe created some amazing fabrics. There are jeans in a brocade denim, and a wonderful patched jacket that mixes all kind of washes, and distressed pieces. The designer takes the level of creativity to a new high, These are timeless pieces, that will make a statement.
This season seems to have an explosion of avant-garde denim pieces. Be they jeans, jackets, dresses or overalls. The utilitarian fabric has really been creatively used this season. As fashion goes drifts to the casual side, designers are amping up their creativity to make the casual less casual. These are collectors pieces, and you should have at least one.
The avant-garde designers also mix other fabrics in with the denim. Tulle, striped shirtings, pops of colors like green and prints all make the look fresher. So do the ruffles and flounces, ragged edges and manipulated fabrics.
Some other designers treat denim as a canvas. They bleach, overdye and otherwise torture the fabric. Luckily denim is so tough that is can take these treatments. Stella McCartney cuts a cool pair of overalls. Other designers go for mad splashed patches on jeans, or a cool overstitching. Statement pieces for sure!
Denim skirts and dresses are getting designers attention as too. The Rick Owens skirt on the left is actually made from a pair of jeans. The designer cut the jeans apart, played with them and added some patches of pale blue silk. The fabric was distressed as well. Miu Miu offers an extremely decorated dress. The asymmetric hem is topped by a large bi-colored bow, The large collar is accented by a one sided rhinestone necklace, and the dolman sleeves give the dress a new edgy proportion.
White denim is given special treatment. Dolce & Gabbana offer a case for real statement dressing. The fabric is bleached out, and the jacket and jeans are covered in D&G graffiti. Sacai and Louis Vuitton both riff on the Chanel jacket. Sacai cuts a bigger proportion, and layers white denim over the blue, while Louis Vuitton shreds the decorative banding.
Other designers take a more traditional approach. Denim has always been a staple of the new St. Laurent. A perfectly cut jean, that sculpts the body is always a plus. The signature denim jackets are always dressed in something. Stars are big for this year. Chanel does not always do denim, but Karl did for this season. Be super chic in wide pants, or tear it up in super shredded slim jeans. Grab some Chanel sneakers while you are at it.
Off-White is red hot this year. Check out the striped denim shirt jacket, and the pale blue striped jeans. Virgil Abloh sees them with a white eyelet shirt, and I agree. Contemporary designer Paige also offers striped jeans, in a darker shade. Both offer slightly wider legs, and are smart casual way to cleanly update your look.
You can work your spring denim in a few ways. Super sporty looks great with striped shirts and tees. White grounds or blue grounds look clean and fresh. Or you can punch up your denim with boho prints and peasanty shapes. Do do it with denim. No matter which look you like, denim offers a world of possibilities.
I have never met an animal print I didn't like. Designers are giving me a lot of choice this spring, at every price point. And while I love animal prints, leopard, cheetah, or loose interpretations, I am also liking how the cat prints are being shown with some other "no print" prints. That's because I also love camouflage prints, or camo prints for short, and the khaki colors that often go with them. The new mix and match can also extend to some tiny florals being thrown in for a fun and interesting juxtaposition. Come shopping with me, and let's see what's out there.
Of course there are classic takes with a twist. Miu Miu has an amazing pink cast coat with feather trim. How very Miuccia. Gucci has a few statement pieces this spring, including this form fitting animal print dress. And the soft leopard shirts from Celine are flying out of the store.
Miu Miu also offers animal print sweaters, tops and dresses. A few of the dresses are mixed with a small black and white star print that provides and interesting contrast. St Laurent know how to work and animal print. His animal print shirt with the tie neck works demurely under a black blazer, but the studded skirt adds just the right amount of tough chic edge. And to the right, there is another lovely soft cat print shirt, that would sits beautifully with the khaki jacket to the left.
Some designers, like Dolce & Gabbana have never met an animal print they didn't love, and they transform the patterns in many ways. The print with roses superimposed on top adds some nice bright color to the dresses and coats. Animal prints and red always work well together. The designers also like cat prints that are tonal, and worked with greys and blacks. Azzedine Alaia has always know when to add a insert the perfect touch of animal into his collection. This season the spots are rather more abstract, and look clean and cool when worked into a neutral palette.
Contemporary designers are also feeling the call of the spot. These black and white options are from 3 different designers. The animal top shown with some snake print pants has a retro vibe, especially with the pale yellow feather boa. A slip dress with lace trim makes a summer statement, and would look great under that St Laurent khaki jacket.
A spotted jumpsuit and a safari jacket are cool and casual pieces to update your wardrobe.
Things get even more fun as designers mix khaki, small florals, denim and khaki together. St Laurent and Zadig and Voltaire mix tender and tough to maximum advantage. Adding a pale blue or white denim into the mix is also a great way to work this trend. The small and tender floral prints look the prettiest. The smaller scale is not overwhelmed by the khaki.
Another great way to go is to add another type of no-print print into your mix. While khaki always looks great, it can look even better paired with an animal print. A camouflage print can work well on it's own, or work with khakis and denims. Neutral camo prints work with khakis, or with clean crisp black, whites, and brown, Take a look at the beach cover ups on the right. The camo prints on the left work with earthier tones, and the punch of red also works nicely.
Camo is also a lot of fun when it is done in bright colors. Miu Miu did a streetwise take this season. What's great about camo, like animal print, is that it is seasonless. You can wear these clothes all year round. Miu Miu also mixed in some animal with the camo, and added some stripes.
Off-White did a zanier color combo in the camo, and mixed it with floral prints. It makes a real statement. Comme Des Garcons takes the animal print in a lively direction using hot pink and turq. The little ruffles also pull the look away from a classic animal print. In this case it's wear what you dare.
Solid khaki looks great too. A cropped jacket can go over just about anything-from a black and white outfit to a full on animal ensemble. The center picture is looks from Sacai. The khakis are patched and matched with a sophisticated exposed seam technique, that is one of the brand's signatures. And even just plain khaki jackets are perfect this season.
So, the question is, do you stick with the classics like these from St Laurent and Alaia, or do you go for the wild mixes like a romper that actaullly has real animals roaring around the print? Either way, you should take some of these pets home.
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