Neon hues, animal prints, flared bottoms—looks like the fashion industry is taking some major inspiration from retro trends. And the one celeb fashion choice from the ’90s that keeps popping up every now and then is the ‘denim on denim’ look. A denim jacket with denim jeans is referred to as the Canadian tuxedo, a term coined in the 1950s when American singer actor Bing Crosby was denied entry to a hotel in Vancouver, Canada, due to his head-to-toe denim look. Later, denim label Levi’s then sent him a specially-crafted denim tuxedo.
Cut to 2019, celebrities are opting for the all-denim look with a twist. Actors like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Shruti Hassan and Jacqueline Fernandez have been spotted in denim jumpsuits, denim dress with denim jackets and the like, while Karan Johar and Varun Dhawan were seen in denim jackets and jeans.
Designer Narendra Kumar says, “Denim is the trend of the ’90s, but today it’s more playful — there’s mesh, patchwork, motifs, cutouts being used to add the contemporary feel.”
Designer Rina Dhaka says, “Every year with the onset of summer it becomes a hot favourite in the wardrobe. The change I see is in silhouettes. Now denims are about easy fits, high waists, lots of pockets — basically about comfortable style, because in the heat you can’t be wearing thick skinny jeans.” She suggests chambray fabric as a great substitute. “It looks like denim, but has a softer touch and feel. You can go all big, boxy and baggy so that you’re at ease,” she adds.
Designer Pranav Mishra of Huemn, which showcased denim looks at fashion weeks earlier, says, “Denim is a fabric that has various silhouettes, you can play around with it… just so many shapes and free movement in dressing now.”
Kumar gives a few styling tips: “Play with contrasting hues. For instance, wear a red shoe with a denim jumpsuit, put pop colour on, or go for prints like animal… add a dash of pop by a pattern or a colour.”
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First Published: May 13, 2019 16:43 IST