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Thursday, July 19, 2012
THE most challenging thing about fashion is how to make style last. Many would say that women tend to change their clothes as often as they change their minds. People can have a change of heart at any given time, especially when it comes to clothes.
There have been countless of fashion trends that have come and gone. Some regain popularity while others are not as lucky. Still, there are some trends that are fashionable depending on seasonal considerations. But there is one material that never goes out of style—denim.
The fabric was initially called “serge de Nimes” as it originated in Nimes, France. It was later shortened and became more popular as “denim.” It became a symbol of rebellion in the 1950s, making it a highly favorable fashion choice for teenagers.
Denim projects a combination of toughness, durability and comfort. Such combination merits approval.
Denim is primarily used to make jeans and dungarees but with a splash of creativity and enterprise, more wonders can actually be done with it. That is what designer Harley Ruedas seeks to prove through his collection, “Reinvented Denim” translated to “Denimation.”
Denimation is a product of some crafty twists applied to dressmaking with the use of denim fabric. It is a way of redefining the function of denim, thus, paving the way for more exciting possibilities of dressing up. It is a word blend for denim domination.
“This is my take on denim as a sophisticated material for cocktail and formal wear,” said Harley, inspired by the versatility of denim. He employed denim with oriental floral digital prints to make male and female outfits.
For a non-casual look using denim, Harley incorporated opulent fabrics such as sequined tulle, jersey, Thai lamé and Mikado silk. He accentuated some garbs with bronze and silver findings.
The collection, for the most part, boasts of quirky cuttings. Some flaunt a beautiful tapestry, which reminds of a fine patchwork. Then there is that long fluid back dominating some frocks.
Another impressive number is a pair of empire cut pants. It has a long bouffant flap that creates an illusion of a grand dress when viewed from the back. The ensemble exudes confidence and self-reliance ideal for a woman.
Harley talks about his collection as “a fusion of wearable pieces” without sacrificing artistry and ingenuity. The skirts he designed displayed origami-like details. There are also body-hugging dresses with faux shrug studded with metallic accents.
While a lot of people may consider denim casual wear, Harley proves otherwise through this collection. With that, it is safe to say that Denimation is also taking denim couture a notch higher.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 20, 2012.