Have you ever tried to explain what Kingpins Amsterdam is all about to an industry outsider?
Calling it a trade show doesn’t do it justice because a large part of the event’s atmosphere and energy bubbles up from the attendees and what they wear. New fabric collections and sustainable technologies are newsworthy, but the designers, consultants and general fans of all things indigo take personal denim style to a whole new level at what arguably is the industry’s most social event.
The street style seen at Kingpins Amsterdam last month was no different. After being postponed for two years, the show brought out the best of attendees’ closets.
Denim heads flaunted their time-worn faded and ripped jeans and chain-stitched jackets. Cuffs were turned up to reveal selvedge IDs, and chains and key rings dangled from belt loops. Traditional leather boots, hats and pendant necklaces completed the heritage look.
Women embraced looser-fitting jackets, jackets with overalls, often cuffing the hem to frame sensible clogs, combat boots and colorful sneakers. Midi circle skirts and pleated skirts were a practical length for bicyclists, while boxy chore jackets and laser-printed trench coats were a final touch for some.
Streetwear’s influence on denim was also present. Colorful jeans, oversized patches, logo-adorned backpacks and a myriad of caps underscored the show’s laidback vibe.