Blue Jean Queen
By Jessica Mehalic Lucas
Great news for denim devotees: designers were feeling the blues in a big way for Spring. Can you ever go wrong with an awesome pair of jeans? From retro romantic to cutting-edge cool, the latest collections offer standout looks to suit every personal style.
Glam femininity reigns at Dolce & Gabbana with lavish details and a riot of colors. Cropped denim is still going strong this season and this distressed pair with a raw-cut hem brings laid-back chic to an extravagantly embellished brocade jacket and t-shirt. Bejeweled floral flats keep the look grounded in Italian exuberance.
For a sexy glam-rock aesthetic, DSquared2 masters the high-low look. On the runway, ripped jeans were paired with ornate, bold-shouldered tops; a bleach-spattered denim shirt toughened up a miniskirt tricked out in taffeta.
No detail is ever overlooked by Gucci’s Alessandro Michele. Flamboyant fashionistas will be drawn to the retro romance of a baby blue denim jacket and pants, fabulously adorned with bird and floral embroidery and trimmed with metal studs. Those ’70s flares tap into the bigger, breezier hem trend we’re seeing in jeans.
It’s all about effortless cool in 3.1 Phillip Lim’s latest lineup, infused with a relaxed SoCal vibe. Distressed denim jackets get an unconventional spin with zipper sleeves and two rows of buttons, while this sleeveless asymmetric dress has ultramodern appeal—especially paired with Spring’s must-have platform sandal.
In his final collection for Roberto Cavalli, Peter Dundas stayed true to his glamorous 1970s aesthetic with deftly tailored flared trousers in patchwork. Just add a sheer blouse, shrunken jacket and skinny printed scarf to exude bohemian allure.
Confident femininity is Stella McCartney’s m.o. with sharply tailored designs accented with the right amount of frill. The sleek Anija Denim Dress in classic blue has day-to-night wearability.