Jeans — that decades old staple and the most dependable clothing item in every woman’s closet, has been a timeless classic through the ages given its unique evolutionary power to suit every age and time.
Fitted, flared, wide legged, straight, cuffed, high-waisted, skinny; jeans have been moulded and cut every way possible and recently, to keep up with fashion’s flirtation with the 1980s, it merrily married itself to lycra and jersey to become ‘jeggings’ — a hybrid of the 80s eponymous tights and denim.
While the flared boot cut keeps making intermittent returns to the fashion scene, the skinny look is very much here to stay and fashion forward celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Katie Holmes (both of whom have incidentally launched their own design labels) have been spotted in denims that carry forth fashion fixation with animal print. The animal kingdom has always been a source of inspiration for the more edgier labels (Mc Queen’s insect prints and claw shoes anyone?) and given that how predominant the trend remains still on the catwalk this season with hand bag gurus like Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Gucci and Balenciega, taking on snakeskin, these ‘cocktail’ jeans (no longer statement, but ‘cocktail’ to add more pizzaz to the look) are very much here to stay.
And for those who may feel the look is too much from the jungle, hop onto pop hued denims. Coloured jeans came to the fore in the spring/summer to add a dash of rainbow in the sun, and now with the globe spinning towards the fall, one expects that deeper tones like teal, gray and metallic’s will chase away the blues this winter.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 5th, 2011.
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