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Denim Corsets, Intense Washes Trend at Paris Fashion Week

Only the bling that decorated Germanier’s jeans and jackets could compete with the star power of Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Zendaya at Paris Fashion Week.

In his first runway show, maximalist designer Kevin Germanier presented straight fit jeans, slouchy low-rise jeans and denim jackets covered in crystals and multicolored beads. A washed black denim miniskirt featured a wavy hemline trimmed with baubles.

While Germanier’s denim designs were among the most colorful that Paris had to offer, plenty of blue jeans were on display. Unraveled hems added an effortlessly cool look to Celine’s slouchy fits. Kenneth Ize opted for a more tailored look with a center crease and Calvin Luo kept it simple and clean with classic straight leg jeans.

Brands balanced the loose fits with corset-inspired bodices, including Dior with traditional buttons and wheat-color stitching to emphasize the shape. Balmain keyed into the corset look as well with a high-waisted jean that zipped up to the bust. Padded jeans and jackets mirrored the moto theme seen in the first Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga drop, while black Velcro taping added a streetwear vibe to ripped jeans.

In general, deconstructing jeans with taping, belts, garters and sexy cutouts was a trending theme. Along with a mini wrap skirt, Coperni presented a hybrid legging with denim legs—complete with a belt cinching each thigh. Weinsanto added trompe l’oeil garters to cuffed wide-leg trousers. Gauchere punched out jeans’ front pockets to reveal a hint of hip, while Vien offers this season’s rendition on denim chaps.

Intense washes and exaggerated elements added dimension to Vaquera’s range. A cropped jean jacket was punctuated by an oversized collar and buttoned front pockets. A pair of slouchy jeans had an extra-wide waistband. Washed down black and indigo jeans were also a part of Isabel Marant’s pocket-heavy jackets and jeans. High contrast washes added a ’90s looks to Vtmnts’ oversized fits.

And in a nod to Elsa Schiaparelli’s U.S. clientele, Schiaparelli creative director Daniel Roseberry continued his exploration of denim, this time with white cotton embroidery on black denim.