The West Coast edition of Kingpins, a textile show, was attended by some big names in denim. Among the attendees were GoldSign founder and denim industry icon Adriano Goldschmied, Seven For All Mankind creative director Tim Kaeding, Vintage Laundry’s Alex Caugant, Agave chief executive officer and designer Jeff Shafer, Genetic Denim creative director Ali Fatourechi, Oligo Tissew founder Christopher Enuke, and designers from Levi’s, Tommy Bahama and BCBG Max Azria Group. According to WWD.com, the designers scoured the show for the newest stretch materials and durable fabrics, as many of them believe legging jeans and vintage styles will continue to be big for the next few seasons.
Look for denim leggings to replace skinny styles as an increasing number of designers looked for super stretchy denim beyond the 2 percent Lycra spandex that is the norm. Personally, I wish designers would incorporate more super-stretchy denim into bootcuts and other styles as well – I have one pair of Rich & Skinny wide legs that have a lot of stretch and hug curves just right. Not to mention they are probably one of my favorites because they are so darn comfortable. Also for the next few seasons, look for vintage looking ripped denim to stay in the forefront. Denim seems to be moving away from the bling, and back to basics with comfortable, easy-to-wear styles.