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Après Chic: Orta’s Luxurious Vision for A/W 16-17

With high-end labels like Prada and Hermes featuring denim in their collections, Orta designer Demest Young opted for luxurious and premium trims to showcase the mill’s A/W 16-17 denim range at Denim Première Vision in Barcelona (May 27-28).

Young’s interpretation of the A/W 16-17 season is a blend of retro Seventies and jet-set après lifestyle—a theme that lends itself well to Orta’s premium, more raw and clean fabrications, including its new vegan denim innovation. “The trims are an upgrade,” she said, noting the high-gloss gold zippers and leather details on shirts, pants and jackets.

For men, leather details take on a prominent role, including a black denim shirt spliced with strips of green leather. For women, Young combined winter white with brown leather racer stripes down the side of the leg. Subtle leather triangular patches are a finishing touch on the pockets of an ’80s-inspired, double breasted shawl collar denim coat. The oversized coat’s detachable shearling collar smacks of Aspen at its most luxurious, while being a versatile and functional product.

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Likewise, a sleek women’s denim parka with orange denim trim and bright and shiny gold hardware is equipped with waterproof zippers. Young lined all of the outerwear with quilted insides for warmth, and in some instances, added padding for shape and extra protection from the elements. And a women’s jumpsuit can be transformed into shorts with the pull of a couple of zippers.

On shirt/jacket hybrids, Young keyed into a workwear trend by pairing black suede with denim on roomy patch pockets. In general, Young said she played with pocket shapes throughout the collection. On men’s jeans, she re-imagined the classic five-pocket with angular seams. With vegan denim, Young created a vision of the ’70s with deep pocket flare jeans with contrasting stitching and tan suede insets and belt loops. On a jacket made with Orta’s Cozy denim—a woven that looks like knit—Young paired both oversized patch and zipper pockets.


Men’s denim blazers cut a sharp look, which Young said is generating a lot of interest from the Italian markets. Men’s chinos complement the look. For women, Young constructed classic A-line, button-front skirts with pure blue vegan denim.