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    Denim styles from the past are back, but in a more refined avatar. Plus, street fashion rules.

    According to Krishna Mukhi, fashion editor for Harper’s Bazaar, most international brands, luxury or premium, are taking inspiration from street fashion when it comes to creating new styles of denim for SS’16.

    Back to the 90s: The street style of the 90s is back, and even luxury brands are drawing influences. This means a lot of acid washes, raw hems, and slouchy fits are back. Even the waistlines are higher, and pedal-pusher styles are back.

    Embellished ideas: Embellishments will become quite an important part of denim, and these include prints, graphic-inspired designs, leather applique, sequins, crystals and so on.

    Colour code: Apart from white, and silver, black is going to be prominent in the new season. It’s unlikely for this shade to be popular in summer, but given the street-style influence that’s crept in, it makes sense.

    The loose fit: The denim shirt is back, and with a twist. Earlier we saw it as a well-fitted garment, but this year it’s come back as something slightly loose, perhaps tied at the waist and paired with hot pants, or worn over a slip dress.

    Celebs who rock it
    Mukhi’s list of celebrities who can really experiment with denim includes actors Kalki Koechlin, and Anushka Sharma, musician Monica Dogra, and Ranveer Singh. “I would also like to see what Sonam Kapoor can do with denim; I haven’t seen her experiment with it much,” Mukhi says.

    Being brand conscious
    Designer Pallavi Mohan has created beautiful silhouettes using lightweight fabrics and denim. She’s designed a skirt in soft organza with denim, and outfits in glass nylon and denim. Vero Moda is experimenting a lot with denim; they’re creating denim with prints, different kinds of washes, experimenting with dyes, and fabrics. For men, Diesel is a good brand to go to.

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