Denim is entering a youth-driven cycle of color, exaggerated shapes and ’90s nostalgia.
Trend forecaster and denim consultant Amy Leverton presented last week four eclectic denim concepts—Millennium Blues, Offbeat Rodeo, Altitude and Lost Youth—on deck for Fall/Winter 19-20 at Kingpins Amsterdam. Mills brought the trend stories to life with designs aimed to inspire designers and brands and help shape their collections.
Denim corsets, checkerboard shading and low-rise denim captured Millennium Blues’ ’90s celebrity style and attention on indigo. The theme was the most feminine, drawing attention to body-con silhouettes and second-skin fabrics.
Crystal and zipper-embellished fringe and colorful western embroidery tapped into Offbeat Rodeo’s nostalgic look back at old Las Vegas. Mills revisited classic rodeo gear, while finding subversive ways to play with belt buckles, studding and other hardware.
For Altitude, mills presented inventive ways to wear cargo pockets, emphasizing the importance of fashion and function. The trend mixed technical fabrics with “Dad fashion” and embraced outdoor, hippy style. Shearling added a cozy touch to ‘It’ items like overalls and Trucker jackets.
Oversized silhouettes, rave pants and denim dusters with frayed hems captured the rebellious vibe of Lost Youth. The ’90s-inspired story invited mills to inject unexpected pops of neon color through graffiti lettering, artwork based on concert flyers and racing stripes and flames.