Too Much Denim or Never Enough? Two Writers Face Off

August 27, 2015 - fall Denim


It’s no tip that a business of denim is booming. There’s some-more of it than we can shake a hang at, with new lines rising each season. Is this escape of jeans good or bad? Below, dual writers face off.

Kristin Anderson Makes a Case for More:
 

My jeans habit has never looked as good as it does during this impulse in time. Is it teetering on a roughly grotesquely large? Perhaps, though to counterfeit Whitman, it contains multitudes. Thanks to a industry’s newly minted friendship to all things denim, it’s never been easier to consolidate usually about all brief of black-tie with one’s blues alone. One day it’s a painted-on span à la Debbie Harry, a subsequent wide-leg flares, some-more Bay City Rollers than CBGB-cool.

I can’t assistance though feel that this is a farrago that’s been hard-won. For years a jeans landscape has lopsided toward an roughly single-minded office of a character of a moment, be it a low-rise, a bootcut, or a rocker skinny, whose prolonged and stately power competence finally be waning. Outside of selected fare, addicts were sorely lacking in a accumulation of options. Fast-forward to 2015 and it’s a whole other round game. Among designers, what was once a things of elementary workwear is now abundant with both intensity and runway legitimacy. (Skeptics, demeanour no serve than a perennially high-low-obsessed Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri’s denim creations for Valentino.) Add to that a newfound direct for some-more offbeat stuff—the embroidered, a patched-up, a drop-crotch, and innumerable styles that are reduction than traditionally “flattering.” With some of a biz’s brightest talents like Alexander Wang and Rachel Comey dipping a toe into a waters, a stakes are aloft than ever. If jeans are going to be a theme of ever loftier cost tags, there has to be during slightest a disguise of upping a ante, either it’s with a crispest selvedge or hand-distressing. There’s a new socially acceptability to indulging in dungarees a approach we would with a winter’s investment knit. Case in point: Madewell, whose well-priced in-house pairs lay alongside Japanese cult favorite Chimala, dear by Jenna Lyons, and entrance in during usually underneath $400.

We’ve got improved fakes, too: improved “boyfriend” jeans, improved “vintage” jeans. 6397’s Stella Ishii has successfully mimicked a cut of guys’ styles in a approach that’s lovely, not laughable, on my 5-foot-2 frame. Newcomer Amo’s light washes are usually as stately as a sun-faded things you’d have to scour a Rose Bowl for, and a guys behind Re/Done are churning out reworked aged pairs that honestly make we consternation because we ever staid for anything less. Indeed, with a market’s stream annoyance of riches, because settle during all?

Steff Yotka Says Yes to Less:
 

Something I’m not unapproachable of though peaceful to share for a consequence of winning an argument: There’s an entire, entirely extended mantle shelve in my unit clinging to usually denim. Vintage jackets scored during flea markets hang subsequent to those Rachel Comey Legion jeans, Madewell’s latest styles association with worn-and-torn 7 For All Mankind pairs I’ve nicked from my boyfriend. So a new bang of denim-mania should have been a good thing for such a jeans addict like myself . . . though with so many pairs on a runways, racks, and everywhere in between, even revolutionary denim lovers like myself are starting to feel fatigue.

My motive has as most to do with oversaturation as it has to do with price. Firstly, as a collector, a perfect apportion of a things in a marketplace creates it nearby unfit to actually, we know, collect it. A new denim tag appears roughly weekly, and brands that had never constructed denim pieces before are now jumping on a trend’s appeal. Whereas in a past there were several go-to stores, like Grand Street Bakery, A.P.C., or Rachel Comey, we could conduct to, to find engaging styles, now my hunt is as immeasurable and far-reaching as a whole Internet. That extent of product is also adversely inspiring a cost. When each brand, runway to ready-to-wear to quick fashion, knows a interest of denim, they’re means to adjust their prices accordingly. A span of jeans from a high-fashion code can simply cost upwards of $1,000 (20-something New Yorker translation: a month’s rent), and brands whose prices have generally been in a $100 to $200 operation are holding note and producing some-more fashion-forward styles desirous by runway trends during a aloft cost. On average, we would guess that a span of designer, or designer-quality, jeans averages around $350 to $500 (read: a tyro loan payment).

As we peruse a Net for new jeans, we can hear my mother’s voice echoing in a behind of my head, saying, “It’s not value it” to a $600 pair, entrance as she does from a family of Italian tailors and seamstresses—“You could make that!” which, when it’s denim, we can’t assistance though agree. Several years ago, conform fans were angry when a conform code sole ripped tees during upwards of $1,000. Where is a cheer over $2,000 jeans? That isn’t to contend we don’t wish to see denim on a runways or commend that some pieces need some-more hand-work and labor to produce, though when denim is one of a slightest costly fabrics out there, shopping it shouldn’t cost a earth. And deliberation that many of a rinsing processes used are intensely damaging to a environment, we competence wish to rethink those engineer jeans anyway.

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