Tuesday 28 February 2017

Denim: Never fade away

Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

Alexa Chung's military jacket, €165, and jeans, €149, both from Pepe Jeans stores on Exchequer Street and Dundrum Town Centre, as well as leading stockists nationwide. For more details on stores see www.pepe-ireland.ie
Alexa Chung's military jacket, €165, and jeans, €149, both from Pepe Jeans stores on Exchequer Street and Dundrum Town Centre, as well as leading stockists nationwide. For more details on stores see www.pepe-ireland.ie
Grey top, €19, denim skirt, €27, and shoes, €44, all Littlewoods.
Boys' hat, €19, T-shirt, €39; Alexa's jacket, €129; Boys' T-shirt, €39, and shirt, €69.
Harem 'Betsy' jeans, €69.95, top, €19.95, from the Airborne denim collection by ONLY. Available from their stores at Omni, Santry, Liffey Valley, Clonmel, Enniskillen and, from Easter, in the Jervis Centre, Dublin.

It girl Alexa Chung is the ultimate indigo girl. The new face of Pepe jeans, her uniform is pretty much faded jeans, blue denim shirts and, of course, her Chanel studded platform clogs.

Alexa admits to owning 10 pairs of short jeans and, writing in Vogue this month, she confessed that denim shirts seem to be breeding at the bottom of her wardrobe. But that's not a problem. In fact, denim shirts are one of the most versatile denim pieces to own.

That and a great cropped jeans jacket (check out Penneys and Oasis) and, of course, there's always the Holy Grail hunt for the ultimate pair of perfect jeans. Torn, ripped, baggy, faded or harem nappy style, they're like our taste in men -- very subjective.

This season, the high-end designers couldn't get enough of the working-man's fabric for their couture catwalk shows.

Practical Stella McCartney gave us really wearable button-through skirts, while Ralph Lauren's show was a virtual hymn to the power of shades of blue, from John Boy Walton-distressed dungarees and sheer blouses to the ultimate in evening chic -- an incredibly sexy gown of shredded chiffon, dyed to match those iconic shirts that Ralph always likes to wear

And from Chloé, the message was double denim. Forget minimalism, it's all about wearing lots of it together: skirt and shirt, shirt and shorts, jacket and jeans.

Get the look by taking the pockets off your shirts to reveal a darker, patched pocket. Cut up old jeans to liberate worn fabric then add frills to an existing strapless dress to get the D&G look.

Recreate the Great Depression dungarees from Ralph Lauren by adding patchworked knees, a few slashes and a blob of paint.

The Miller sisters Sienna and Savannah opted for the washed-out, pale-blue look from head to toe, worn with metallic accessories. The short, black western boots from Penneys are perfect for this look and they cost just €23.

Personally, I prefer nutty-brown and tobacco leather accessories for my denim look and, yes, it's back to Alexa again because her Mulberry bag is just divine, but at €800 at Brown Thomas it's not cheap.

However, it has a timeless quality and if you are intrigued by the blue cameo skull pendant she always wears with her denims, it costs £850 from ioselliani.com.

PS: Watch out for the Danish label Only, which is making strong inroads in the Irish market. The pieces wash beautifully, are well priced, and chances are your friends might not have discovered this label yet, so you go girl!

Irish Independent

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