Hyderabad: While you were busy trend hunting, denim decided to change its course and go the deluxe way. The “status change” comes sanctioned by big shots like Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Karen Millen.
“Yes, the much-loved puraani jeans has gone into a reincarnation mode. And replacing its rugged existence is a newfound elegance,” mentions designer Gavin Miguel. Totally loving the jeans makeover, he says, “As a die-hard denim fan, I’d love to visualise it in a new avatar. And the idea can be well executed in a figure-hugging denim dress with ruffles sitting pretty on the hemline."
"It’s best to keep the frills bright and lacy. Wait a minute, not just dresses, pants are striking an innovative note as well. Take a cue from Michael Kors’ latest denim line. It is replete with paisley prints, tie and dye and flashy gold zips. The effect is stunning to say the least.”
Raising a toast to the timeless appeal of denim, designer duo Kapil and Mmonika say, “Denim is the wine of fabrics, its individual flavour only gets better with age and wash.” “Embellishment works wonders in jazzing up jeans,” says Mmonika, adding, “The key factor in denim’s haute avatar is embellishment.
For instance, the zipper can move beyond its utilitarian role and be used for some interesting visual drama. Strategically placed buttons, crystals and studs also make the rugged fabric look pretty. However, avoid going overboard. Metallic chains are another style defining option that gets my green signal.”
Kapil is keen to explore the fusion factor, “In S/S ’14, patches have made their presence felt on denims. You can flaunt a dash of ethnic chic with some intricate embroidery or subtle prints, both such patches would prove to be scene-stealers.”
Designer Akshay Narvekar, of the Bombay Shirt Company, is happy looking in a new direction. “It’s a welcome move and well suited for something as versatile as denim. Remember you’ve been successfully pairing your denim with almost everything — be it a classic corset or traditional zardozi choli. Now is the time to let it play on its own.”
Make it an all denim affair in a knee-high skirt and a peplum top. Akshay adds, “Prominent contrast stitching can add a new flavour to the denim story. Restricting it to the collar is passé, so feel free to expand its presence. Traditionally denim hasn’t been blended with other fabrics. Break the barrier by introducing chambray fabric as an inner lining and pockets on the denim.”