It’s official. Ripped denim is on the men's catwalks for SS18in a big way.
Personally, it wasn’t until I saw the trend on the runway at the Frankie Morello SS18 show ( which I loved ), in Milan this past week for Milan Men’s Fashion Week, that I really realised that I would have to give the ripped jean look some airtime. I’ve never been a huge fan of the ripped or stressed denim look, and to back me up, over-stressed denim won the award for ‘Worst Trend of theSeason’at the FashionWorked Awards in London last week and I must say, I tend to agree.
Regardless of my personal feelings on the matter, ripped denim looks like it is here to stay for the next few seasons, and the trend is without discrimination, coming in all shapes and sizes from the skinny jean or the cropped jean, to the boyfriend jean and everything in between. And it can be worn by men and women alike.
So, let's check out a bit of history on the subject. Ripped denim first became really popular in the late 1970's with the arrival of punk culture. The ripped effect had a cool, counter-culture feel to it that was made fashionable by the grunge, rock and punk stars of the era like Johnny Rottenof the Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop and the Ramones. Of course, at that time, it was assumed that the denim had ripped and become ‘distressed’ due to age or excessive use – which seems much cooler and more acceptable than the brand new, pre-ripped denim that is hard to avoid on today’s highstreets.
The grunge scene kept the ripped denim look as one of their many fashion trademarks for the next 20 years or so, until it returned to popular fashion around 2010 with the emergence of the biker trend.
I myself am a passionate denim-wearer, totally in love with the material in any shape or form. So, instead of rejecting this new trend, I have decided to embrace the look, but, with my own set of guidelines for what I feel is acceptable when embarking on the ripped or stressed denim effect.
First of all, the holes that the legs can be seen through (which are usually horizontal and situated around the knee area) shouldn’t be bigger than one or two inches, otherwise the wearer will just get tangled up whenever they stand up.
Secondly, although the scrapes or scratches on the fabrics surfacelook cool almost anywhere, I prefer them to stay on the smaller side and I'd stick to no more than a couple around the calf or thigh area.
Then finally, there is the rip. The rip is not as big as the hole,and still has threads of fabric hanging in there.With this one,less really is more and I would always say play it safe and just stick to a couple of horizontal rips per leg.
Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. If I am ever lucky enough to get my hands on a pair of FaustineSteinmetz woven denim slow fashion artwork pieces, I would definitely relax my personal guidelines – I mean heaven would be in my wardrobe, so I would have to!!
Article taken from La Provincia 23rd June 2017