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Denim has been a staple of our wardrobes for decades, a century or so perhaps.  Some styles within that fashion genre pass, while others stay strong.  Every once in a while a new silhouette, wash or cut joins the team and becomes a new must-have addition to our closets.  Styles from the past also pop back into fashion now and then.  Remember pegged jeans from the mid-century and then again in the 80’s?  Back again!  Spring 2011 and beyond seem to prove the undying nature of denim.  From Stella McCartney to Celine, Chanel to Derek Lam.  Many designers showed their version of the American classic on both sides of  The Pond.

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Tunic tops and dresses out of chambray and denim were a noticeable trend on the spring runways.  Minimalism joined forces with the fabric for no-nonsense style.

Celine pre-fall 2011
Celine pre-fall 2011

Phoebe Philo at Celine was inspired by patchwork designs, possibly the American quilt for her pre-fall collection.  I recall a collection she did while at Chloe that had skirts, etc. that were literal interpretations of the quilt.  American style icon Gloria Vanderbilt and her quilt covered bedroom (see Seeing Red) could have also been an inspiration for Philo.  All blues really do work together as seen in the two looks above.  Remember this when dressing.  A lighter denim shirt can work with a darker wash jean (preferably a wide leg or trouser style for spring).  The skinny jean is still totally relevant too.

Celine

In her current spring collection for Celine, Philo showed countless versions of the wide-legged pant, most of them slightly slouchy.  The entire collection, which I showed more of previously had a subtle vibe of Marrakech and Yves Saint Laurent in the 70’s.  I love this tonal look of a denim pant and top.  Totally minimal in its design, but completely polished and timeless.

Derek Lam

One of the essentials for spring (make sure you pick up at least one), the trench coat was in almost every collection.  I really like Derek Lam’s denim version, paired with a matching skirt and turtleneck.  This coat could be worn everyday with everything!

Derek Lam

So I realize this isn’t denim, but I adore this little white tunic dress by Lam.  It’s lovely on its own with a great sandal, but it would be fantastic over a skinny or legging jean, don’t you think?

Derek Lam
Derek Lam
Derek Lam

More from the spring 2011 collection by Derek Lam.  Many looks were shown with wide-legged pants with matching blue tops and jackets, or crisp white.  Denim blues (even if not actually denim fabric) are an important spring shade to add to your wardrobe.  Two blue hues together is also great!

Chanel

Chanel for men and kids?  Of course!  Thank you Karl for thinking of everyone.  The denim shirt isn’t going anywhere and continues to be a must-have for everyone.  I have at least one.  Check out H & M and Gap for great inexpensive versions.  www.gap.com

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