In the streets and on Tommy Ton’s pages in the latest issue of Style.com/Print, jeans are more dressed-down than ever—shredded, distressed, and faded to a fare-thee-well. But it was a different story on the Spring runways, where polished denim ruled. At his Louis Vuitton swan song, Marc Jacobs gave dungarees a couture twist with jet-beaded pockets. Olivier Rousteing upped the ante at Balmain, trussing soft, faded chambray with major metal chains. And Joseph Altuzarra sent out tailored pieces featuring indigo prints in the style of Japan’s elaborate “boro” patchworks. Dark-rinse denim was also in the spotlight at Acne Studios, Versace, and Derek Lam. Even the Valentino designers got in on the act, whipping up a ball skirt (actually, full-leg culottes) from the stuff.
Donatella Versace’s slick denim jacket
Altuzarra’s patchwork-print indigo blazer
Wide-leg ruffled jeans from Valentino
Derek Lam’s polished dark-rinse dress
Max Mara’s matching marbleized kerchief, jacket, and pencil skirt
Rachel Comey’s baggy culottes.
Emblazoned with the Hood by Air logo.
Frayed around the edges, on the Marques’Almeida runway.
Osman’s crisp denim overcoat.
Ter et Bantine’s take on the trend.
An indigo utility dress from Christopher Raeburn.
By Brittany Adams
Photo: Alessandro Garofalo / Indigitalimages.com