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Runway Alert: Rave Denim

The cat is out of the bag: Fashion is in a ’90s cycle.

And for denim, that means a number of things, including the comeback of the flare jean, logo mania, bling and one of the decade’s more subversive trends: rave and goth denim.

Jeremy Scott, Off-White and Etudes were among the runway designers that trimmed their denim pieces with edgy hardware. Metal chains and rings hung from Off-White’s short sleeve zip-front jean jackets and Etude’s short shorts. A down-to-there zipper broke up Jeremy Scott’s otherwise wholesome patchwork overalls.

Linder’s button-fly cropped flare jeans were topped off with a key ring and an extra-long black belt reminiscent of the nylon versions from the decade. Meanwhile, streetwear label Alyx paired black latex tops with wide-cut jeans with multiple straps, a mysterious hallmark of rave jeans.

And the trend is projected to carry into Fall ’19. In her forecast Kingpins, Denim Dudes founder Amy Leverton described the look for fall as “youthful trend looks back at emo, grunge, punk and rave subcultures.”

Expect to see the trend evolve with ultra-frayed and destroyed jeans, overworked surfaces, threadbare denim and chewed up hems are combined with A-line silhouettes like those coined by JNCO, she said.

The raver look is brought to life by accents of chili pepper, orange and cyber yellow—colors that clash with classic mid casts. Hardware inspired by bondage and logos with gothic lettering will add an edgy feeling to otherwise novel silhouettes. Airbrushing, photo real prints and hand drawn designs bring personality.