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There’s one thing that I noticed on the runways during Fashion Week in September last year for SS15, and now currently during Fashion Week for FW15. What is it you might ask? It’s patchwork denim! So many designers are sending jeans adorned with patches in denim, appliques, different fabrics and more down the catwalk or showcasing them at their presentations.
I thought that it might possibly be a huge trend for just SS15 alone, but as I’m noticing, it’s even bigger and more widely used for FW15. Pretty much every designer who did denim in their collection did it in patchwork! I’ve shared some of my favourite patchwork denim looks from Fashion Week with you and I’ve also selected some great options to buy yourself! Check it out below!
The gorgeous Kate Moss and her husband Jamie Hince arrived at Mr Chow’s restaurant in London, England a couple of days ago.
Kate wore her Citizens of Humanity Avedon Skinny Jeans in Axel with a sequined tuxedo blazer, a waistcoat and some black ankle boots. I think all black looks can look fantastic when different textures and fabrics are used, like here! Plus I absolutely adore the Axel wash! Buy Citizens of Humanity online at Shopbop.com.
Images courtesy of Pacificcoastnews.com.
One of the UK’s leading department stores, Selfridges, which is known for having one of the best denim departments, has commissioned MasterCraft Union to launch an installation in their Oxford Street Store in London. The installation features paper sculptures that represent some of the artisan techniques used in the manufacturing process. I think the jeans they have used are so cool, I love the dip dye effect! You can see how it looks in the gallery below as well as some of their new jeans. For those of you not familiar with MasterCraft Union, you can read more about it below.
MasterCraft Union is the meeting of great artisanal textile experts. MCU’s denim is hand-woven in a family-run mill in Okayama, the sewing and washing are carried out high in the mountains of Shimane, where hot spring water and volcanic pumice are used to create the finest denim through a mixture of time honoured techniques and experimental processes. Wash technicians are trained over many years and process each jean by hand, leaving to air dry before reworking over and over again.
While using traditional processes in the manufacture of their jeans, MCU’s concept and aesthetic reflects a more modernist approach. From being the first fully factored Japanese denim collection to utilise stretch denim into some of its handcrafted jeans due to the brand’s slimmer, more contemporary fits, to the use of bonded matte black seam-seal tape to replace the traditional leather patch, MCU is the embodiment of refined expertise.
Japanese ‘Washi’ paper is made by hand in the traditional manner using no chemicals. It involves a long and intricate process which is often undertaken in the cold weather of winter, as pure, cold running water is essential to its production. Stronger and more superior than ordinary paper, the paper has been used in Japan for centuries in many traditional arts such as Origami, as well as in various everyday goods.
MasterCraft Union has exclusively pioneered the use of traditionally milled Japanese ‘Washi’ paper with the weave of its handcrafted denim. It gives the wearer all of the benefits of loom-woven 13.5oz Japanese denim, but with an added durability and a lighter weight feel for increased comfort and breathability. Adding paper into the weaving process also allows the denim to retain its 3D shape and has a shorter wear-in time than standard jeans.
Cara Santana posed for photos on her fashion blog while wearing a gorgeously fitted REPLAY Denim Shirt which she tucked into a white coloured full skater skirt, finished with some black boots. I think the addition of the electric blue clutch is really nice too.
Cara has a great fashion sense when it comes to denim, she owns so many pairs of jeans, shirts and jackets from various brands, in different fits and washes, it’s really nice to see someone else who is passionate about it too! What do you think of her look here?