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Runway Alert: Deconstructed Denim

The convergence of streetwear and fashion was evident on the Fall/Winter 18-19 runway as designers ground their collections with deconstructed denim.

Designers broke down the basic elements of jeans wear, creating deconstructed looks that combined denim with fabrics from sportswear, activewear and luxury. Fancy jacquards and snake prints mixed with vintage-looking rigid denim for a high-low look on the runway.

From Y/Project’s jean jacket made with bleached out layers, to Lutz Huelle’s wrap over silhouettes, designers showcased a wide scope of new twisted jean jacket concepts. While the classic Trucker has earned a place in closets worldwide, the influx of new outwear shapes and silos reveal a demand for boundary-pushing ideas.

That interest in new outerwear led designers to dally with hybrid silhouettes. Jean jackets and blazers came together in Sacai’s collection, while Lacoste mixed athletic hoodies with denim bombers. Lacoste’s athleisure take on denim appeals to both the men’s and women’s categories.

Moschino made a case for wearing multiple pairs of jeans at once with double layer cut-offs. The brand also turned long denim jackets into cut-off vests, which served to keep things fresh.

For Vetements, deconstructed denim meant oddball details like children’s stickers as embellishment. The brand’s Fall ’18 collection was inspired by thrift store finds. And true to its roots, Vetements played with seams and frays, turning “Dad” jeans into Frankenstein-like statement-pieces.