Men’s fashion has become a new place for designers to experiment with ideas, as men have torn away tradition for more daring looks. Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy has been able to turn men’s fashion into a playground of experimentation. Thom Browne has remixed men’s classics into abstract art, but Tisci has been able to mix mens wear with feminine aesthetics, yet masculine and commercial successful. Only John Paul Gaultier has come almost as close to his success in deconstructed men’s fashion.
Denim has been a part of our closet since the 1800s. In that time denim has gone from working class basic, to high-end staple. Fashion, film, and iconic symbols have kept denim at the forefront of all trends.
Today, denim influences can be seen on every level. The biggest recent change-up has been the look. For almost fifteen years denim has been ruled by low-rise waist lines. The pendulum has swung in our cultural landscape, as Manhattan has moved to other conquest, and Brooklyn has taken back the street symbol. No other venue has taken back denim more than television.
In the early part of the 21st century Sex And The City created fashion rules. Now, Girls! The influence of this new show, now in its third season, can be seen on its lead character Hannah, played by show creator Lena Dunham. She is in charge, and with that, demanding her own style. The low-rise pant hits you in the widest part of your body, so staying slim means a lot. In the high waist, the eye is drawn to the smallest part of your body, while accentuating your curves. Therefore the high waist line has become a hit!
Now the flare. Skinny vs. Flare has been the debate for a few seasons now. It has not caught on the way fashion would like to, as street style seems to still be holding onto the skinny leg. That may change seasons forward, but for now I would say play with the trend. The flare is always a flattering shape for any size. Here are a few suggestions to make the flare your own. Not brave enough. Keep the skinny and pull up your pants. It maybe the first time you get a compliment from your mom!