The Yearbook

The Year Of The Frayed Jean

Though the raw-hemmed jean is nothing new, this year, designers continued to riff on the nonchalant piece with eager individualism. In the Nineties, the distressed look was a grungy staple. Today, the style has positioned itself firmly into the mainstream.

by Siska Lyssens
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From left: Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi


Arguably kick-started by Vetements’ coveted reworked vintage jeans from the label’s AW15 collection, but also a recurring feature by other cutting-edge brands like Marques’Almeida, there’s no way around it: jeans that apply the distress-factor (mostly) to the hemline are a regular sight these days. And though they are not as easy to spot on the runway as in real life, they appeared at Isabel Marant in a busily decorative version, at Preen in a punky version with slashes at the knee, and at Alexander Wang, in a pristine white denim that contrasted with the show’s rebellious vibe. Revitalising this perennial wardrobe staple by adding fraying – long and short, shaggy and fluffy, however style imaginable – is a task that mostly denim brands have taken upon themselves and have, therefore, brought to the streets. The amount of ways in which to wear these directional pairs of denim is likewise unlimited, as long as the vibe is relaxed and easy, leaning a little toward the 'jolie laide' trend that has been shaping the contemporary fashion aesthetic for some time now.

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