June 23, 2008
The Denim Jacket - Anno 2008
(Jalouse Magazine June 2008)
It's been much to my enjoyment seeing that the denim jacket is making a comeback in fashion. Strolling around Copenhagen today I saw more than a handful of girls sporting them - Some outcomes definitely more lucky than others, but I always found myself strangely drawn to them.
My first encounter with the revival of this 90's trend was during London Spring/Summer 2008 fashion week. Christopher Kane had his models walking down the runway in ripped denim pieces styled with snake-printed shirts and a shitload of ruffles. The collection got mixed reviews - Was this visionary or just dated? A TFS'er described the collection to be 'just like a car crash - and i can't stop watching it'. That's exactly how I felt. Surely this was not a 'pretty' collection like the ones I'm usually drawn to and I had a hard time envisioning myself in such a piece.
(Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2008 collection)
However, it did not take long for the Prada syndrome to hit and already in early 2008 I found myself longing for a jean jacket - a piece of clothing I had detested just a few months back. I guess this was only a result of massive overexposure. Kane might have been the front runner with this trend but soon after it popped up plenty of other places. For instance at Alexander Wang:
(Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2008 Lookbook)
And of course a trend wouldn't be a trend without a celebrity following:
(2 x Kirsten Dunst, Rachel Bilson, Agyness Deyn)
I finally succumbed to the trend in February. And I never looked back though most of my friends still think my jean jacket is absolutely hideous and brings back awful fashion memories of the 1990's. Well, at least will not be like clones, right? Below, pictures of 'real' people interpreting the denim jacket - and in my eyes, making it contemporary and appropriate for the times we're living in now.
(fashion toast x 2, thriftwares, childhood flames)
And of course I will not leave you without showing my own tries with stonewashed denim. I must say, we're getting better and better friends by the day.
And I guess the correct ending to this story would be 'and they lived happily ever after'... But I guess it's more realistic to say 'until next season when I all of sudden will find myself dressed in black lace only in spite of a life-long aversion'. However, until then, I'd love to hear your thoughts about denim jackets..