This season, designers are pushing denim to creative new heights. We’re not talking about your basic pair of skinny jeans; think high-concept, statement-making, runway-worthy pieces. Designers took denim to a whole new level for fall, embellishing it, fringing it or patching it. Jeans were reworked, frayed, and patched, as seen at Tome. Experimental dye patterns were tested at Stella McCartney. The classic denim jacket got a game-changing pattern makeover at Balenciaga. And, as expected, iterations of the trend IRL (In Real Life) are packed with personality. Consider taking notes from the street style stars and pairing the look with statement earrings or a wild printed shirt.

No matter what city, town, hamlet you live in, chances are, at any given moment, about half the people around you are encased in denim. Even more so now that reworked denim has overtaken the runways in the form of jackets, skirts, shirt-dresses, dusters and, as always, jeans.

For Fall 2016, designers showcased denim bottoms in a spectacular array of cuts, washes, lengths and fabrics, many of the flared, cropped, dual-toned and inventively distressed offerings a sharp contrast to the skinnies and subdued classics we’ve come to rely on. While these easy-to-wear staples will always hold a special place in our hearts and wardrobes, it’s time to liven up the party, get with the maximalist times and rejuvenate our denim closets.


fall 2016 trend report runway denim
fall 2016 trend report runway denim
Claudia Li
Michael Kors
Public School

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  1. The Stella McCartney jacket is STELLer. It appears to be one of the more subdued pieces featured in this post but it still stands out.

    Reminds me of a long version of a somewhat standard denim jacket and it makes a big statement.

    Have you seen other similar designs?

  2. Love the tome and miu miu. But, When I buy something, it has to flatter from all sides, all day and I have to know pix taken today will be admired in the future. Don’t jump on a trend unless it really suits you. Most of these styles suit no one. Especially the street sweeping hems. Yuck.

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