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Runway Alert: Decorated Denim

Denim trend forecasters have projected the return of ’90s bling for several seasons, but the first examples of embellished denim for Fall/Winter 18-19 reveal a more luxurious and decadent take on the glammed-up trend.

Denim urbanized Dolce & Gabbana’s Fashion Devotion collection. Never one to shy away from embellishment, the Italian label enthusiastically covered oversized jean jackets in colorful fur, lettering, crystals and tassels. The denim garments were paired with printed hosiery adorned with crystals and tops with sparkly logo motifs.

Designer Frankie Morello played with embellished patches in its men’s wear collection for fall. Jeans and denim vests were decorated with rows of embroidered patches with a regal-meets-military vibe.

Meanwhile, other designer labels relied on texture to add a luxury feeling to denim. New York-based Vivienne Tam trimmed denim coats with pink fur in her Fall ’18 bohemian collection. Likewise, panels of pink fur elongated Dolce & Gabbana’s version of the Trucker jacket, while blue fur added bulk to Y/Project’s layered denim.

Denim wizard Faustine Steinmetz’s felted denim (and denim-looking knit) was a skillful display of whimsical design. The designer brought denim with soft hand feel to a new level with the fur-like textures.

Ralph Lauren’s denim mini dresses trimmed with indigo-dyed feathers floated down the runway. The dress proved the denim fashion can be ethereal.

Balmain’s couture-like approach to denim resulted in some of the seasons most glamorous designs, including a denim trench and collar-less blazer with insets of shimmery white tweed. The label also paired distressed jeans with clear over-the-knee boots, resulting in denim with a plasticized effect.