Our forever functional friend was spotted all over the Spring RTW catwalks. From Stella McCartney to Valentino yes, you read correctly, Valentino. Through their collections, designers proved that denim could be worn on ALL occasions. Many designers, such as Elie Saab and Stella McCartney, drew inspirations from seventies whilst Derek Lam chose a more contemporary inspiration – California. For some, the seventies is synonymous to the ‘mum-sy’ image. In order to break away from that that aura, designers kept the structure clean, chic and masculine.
Many designers such as Z spoke and Akris used tailoring to give denim a fresher take, a new and refined elegance. Roland Mouret use with denim had a real androgynous/sporty feel. He used blocks of shape and layers, to give his denim vest a real ‘uptown girl’ look. Stella McCartney and Akris used length and shape to rejuvenate denim. Stella McCartney’s use of length, gave the ensemble an overall laid back Parisian feel. The length of the shorts was perfectly balanced out by the boat neck top. The denim looked really wholesome.
It was as if, Stella herself was trying to teach us a lesson on denim. The lesson; once brought home, it would serve to be one of those timeless pieces. Something that you would reach for again and again. The shorts were boyish but hung well, the length practical and fun at the same time. I especially loved the pockets, they weirdly gave the shorts character. Valentino was a true gasp inducer during this year’s Spring RTW catwalk show. Denim actually featured in their show?!! It was as if the sun and moon had actually collided that’s how monumental this show was! Okay, so, the denim did not have that ‘loved in’ factor that was laced through Stella McCartney’s denim, it had more of a luxe sheen to it.
The short pant suit bridged the gap between, luxuriousness and comfortability. Vanessa’s Top Tips! Silver accessories almost always look amazing with denim. So why not throw in a delicate silver braclet to soften up the denim’s edge? Lace is back again. *groan* For the more daring, why not partner a lace dress with Derek Lam’s infamous denim trench? Be brave! Do not be afraid to wear double denim. For the wary ones amongst you, why not break up double denim with a bronze belt? Bronze will reduce the impact that the look creates and also gives the outfit another focal point. You could also try putting two different shades of denim together if you don’t want to look like you have stepped of a western film. Remember you have probably grown up with denim, so don’t worry, denim is in your Jeans! Below are my favourite looks …!
By Vanessa Anyaeji