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New York Fashion Week Goers Had the Denim Blues

Rivet's 2020 Denim Circularity report takes a deep dive into how the global denim industry is plotting its circular future amidst a worldwide pandemic.

Denim played a supporting role at New York Fashion Week. The city’s fashion crowd turned up in droves in classic jean fits, back-to-basic washes and double-denim ensembles.

Men and women favored straight and relaxed-fit jeans. Whether vintage or a modern interpretation of the worn-in look, jeans boasted the authentic character of iconic Levi’s 501s. True to the nature of the jean, they were paired with everyday basics like Gap hoodies and knits. However, handsome check overcoats and color-blocked coats elevated the look.

Flare and boot-cut jeans ushered in a ’70s vibe, but modern washes and subtle hardware kept the designs from being retro. Tall boots—often colorful snake print styles—began where denim culottes ended.

Street style and the runway mirrored each another as both models and fashion week attendees stepped out in cuffed jeans. Some revealed a selvedge line; others, cozy plaid flannel lining.

Distressed denim, cropped kick flare jeans and relaxed-fit denim continued to trend. Jeans with veiny and crinkled surface interest introduced a new aesthetic, while quilted details add a handcrafted feeling to jeans and denim outerwear.

And Trucker jackets and denim shirting continued to be a foundation for timeless looks. While trendy items like shearling jackets and boiler suits hit the streets, the styles were few and far between compared to prior fashion weeks.

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