Seasonal fashion presentations are always an exciting time. Especially for those of us that specialize in niche areas. Not to say that an industry as large as denim is a niche, but it is hardly the whole of fashion. Be that as it may, it's always a pleasure to see a designer's vision of the age old fabric gracing the lithe body of a runway model during Fashion Month. It also reconfirms the importance of denim in the luxury market for trickle down trend forecasts. The days of seeing whole runway shows full of denim are probably long gone, but they have certainly left their mark and each season we are guaranteed to see a few interpretations of it on the runway. Resort, regarded as the most commercial season, is no exception to this rule and present in the presentations were some seasonal crossovers, new renderings and old mainstays.
Denim on denim was on the verge of ridicule, but the prevalence of colored washes has given the trend a chance at longevity with consumers able to wear it without the indigo overload. Now that it's staying power has been somewhat established, seeing it used in perfectly tailored silhouettes like Altuzarra's pencil skirt with matching jacket or Rachel Roy's day-to-play jumpsuit reaffirm how chic denim on denim can be.
Patchwork, denim's version of colorblocking, is a carryover from last season and is making a slow and steady evolution. This is evidenced by House of Holland's inclusion of polka dots to break up the linear patterns that have been associated with this trend. Diesel Black Gold's use of patchwork is unconventional as well, with minimal use of it in the front pockets and a contrasting tuxedo stripe at the seams.
Pairing pale and raw denim doesn't always have to be patchwork, denim on denim or even denim for that matter. Sky blue tops with indigo bottoms as seen on dresses from The Row and Louis Vuitton were clearly inspired by consumer's original penchant to pair chambray tops with a darker jean. Volume still abounds. But we can now enjoy it with cleaner lines and more sophisticated shapes that are more appropriate for well-heeled occasions. Be that as it may, the rough textures and distressed denim of the boyfriend jean is still fun, and a 90's style pleated version a'la Theysken's Theory shows that designers are not yet done with this silhouette.
Last, but not least, body skimming flare legs and wild prints are ready to wear now. We're going on several seasons of these styles and it looks as if we can look forward to several season's more.
See more of Resort 2014 after the jump.....