Monday 23 January 2017

Jean Genius: Get ready, the flare is back

Bairbre Power has the skinny on demins – get ready, the flare is back

Published 19/03/2011 | 05:00

Jacket, €460, L'Agence; top, €95,
T by Alexander Wang; Gigi cropped flare,
€215, J Brand; chain, €15, Friis & Company
Jacket, €460, L'Agence; top, €95, T by Alexander Wang; Gigi cropped flare, €215, J Brand; chain, €15, Friis & Company
White knit top, €149, Maje; skinny jeans, €225, Victoria Beckham; canvas wedge with tan-trim shoes, €305, Surface to Air
Shirt, €235, Equipment; Marrakesh wideflare jeans, €200, Made in Heaven; belt, €69, Maje; shoes, €155, Carvela
Striped top, €360, L'Agence; Agnes cropped cargos, €295, J Brand; shoes, €180, Carvela
Black top, €230, Surface to Air; skinny dark-wash jeans, €90, Salsa; canvas wedges, €305, Surface to Air
Top, €35, Cos; Dr Denim skinnies, €50; trainers, €50, Converse
Shirt, €139, Maje; Kimmy bootcut, €150, 7 for All Mankind; trainers, €50, Converse

It's going to be a bit of a culture shock for skinny and straight-leg jeans aficiondos, but the flare is definitely 'the' big jeans trend this summer, totally in keeping with the nostgalgic 1970s vibe sweeping through stores.

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Examining the largest Denim Bar in the country, located at BT2, Grafton Street -- where 140 styles across 20 brands cry out to you like style sirens -- 'denimologist' Grace confirmed that flares will be trending into autumn/winter 2011, so they are not a one-season buy.

Baffled by the sheer choice, Karen Higgins, senior buyer at Brown Thomas, walked me through the options, which we later explored in a shoot covering jeans priced from €50 upwards.

  • New this summer, watch out for cropped flares. My favourite was J Brand's Gigi, which sits just above your ankle with a small kick out.
  • For those who like slimming jeans, Marrakesh from Made in Heaven (MiH) fit beautifully and come in a clean, dark indigo wash.
  • Coloured denims are big for 2011 and fall into two camps: brights like greens and red from Dr Denim, or gentle pastels in a velvety denim from Victoria Beckham.
  • J Brand's Agnes is an update on Houlihan; a skinny-leg cropped jean with long zip.
  • Salsa from Portugal has legions of Irish fans for its Secret style, with its tummy-tuck qualities, and the butt-lifting Wonder. They come in a bootleg and straight, with a flare style coming for autumn.

All clothes and accessories from BT2, Grafton Street and Dundrum Photography: Ronan Lang

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