Monthly Archives: November 2011

bleu de Gênes – Part Deux

In part 1 of this post, I declared that denim designs on the runway for Spring 2012 Ready to Wear both rinsed and repeated styles and shapes of former decades, as well as intrigued me with some nuanced innovation.  At least one designer managed to do both in one collection: Olivier Theyskens has lived in New York City for just over a year and claims to use the downtown girl as his inspiration.  I too, love a downtown girl, which may be why I found his denim shape mesmerizing: high-waisted jeans (stick with me here)…with a double waistband that slouches at the hips.  OK, I can already tell that this explanation is best left to the photos.

There is something on trend and pretty chic about that. Stuff like that is about to happen, I bet.  But now for Theyskens’ denim throw back look – one that I’m not sure I can suffer through again – acid washed!

(I’m building in a pause to this blog so you can all cringe at your very own acid washed mishaps.)  I remember seeing the first high schooler on my bus in acid washed denim.  I asked to sit with her and was actually a little scared when I looked over at her jeans.  There was something so hard edge and almost demonic about the way they looked.  I guess the above reincarnation would more accurately be described as stone washed because I’m fairly certain acid was never employed for the look, in even the most extreme circumstances.  Theyskens is far from the first to try to revive the 80′s staple, but I am going to beg for a few more decades to be able to remove myself from the awkwardness I will forever associate with that trend.  The look smells like contrivance, which is far sweeter but less sexy, than teen spirit.

Finally, D&G, famed for their Italian prints, presented a collection that infused classic pieces and patches of denim with fanciful scarf prints and they exploit it to lovely effect.  I love this so much I can’t stand it.  I’m not lying when I confess that I have already begun to try to make this happen in my world by cutting up my imitation Versace and Hermes scarves to try to apply them somehow to old denim shirts.  I’m not sure my did-it-yourself method embodies the gold coin jewelry yacht dweller for whom Domenico and Stefano designed, but I may be able to at least pull off the scarf wrapped wedges with my silk strips.

And just when you think the “Texas Tuxedo” (aka, denim on denim) was retired in 2001, when Justin and Britney donned their matching denim outfits to the American Music Awards, D&G sent down an updated, slightly more refined version.

I like my denim on denim looks to have a little variance in the wash (and that statement is not an endorsement of Britney and Justin’s look) and this seems a little monohateful to me.  Either way, I am all for exploiting denim in every possible way and these interpretations were the ones I found most appealing to my personal aesthetic. But we can all agree, that denim is no longer for the fields and factories.  Perhaps Yves Saint-Laurent said it best: “I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.”