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The Trend Report: New Denim

Stylist and creative director PERNILLE TEISBAEK shows us how to wear the season’s hottest denim shapes and shades

Photography Sandra SemburgStyling Kendal Boyle
Jacket and boots Isabel Marant; tank The Range; jeans Goldsign; earrings Balenciaga; belt Anderson’s

White denim feels very luxe and looks so beautiful. It’s not very practical during the day if you have small kids at home – it would last five minutes – but I love to wear it when I’m going out or to work, especially after a vacation when I have more tanned skin. These loose-fitting jeans are really flattering; I always think about balancing proportions when I style myself and with carrot-shaped pants you need to wear something tighter on top – you can always throw a light layer like a trench over it too. You could style them with stilettos, but they look so great and a little bit ’80s tucked into boots for a cool summer evening. And there’s something really amazing about mixing tones and textures of the same shade from head to toe – it works with all colors, but with white it feels so rich.”

L-R: Jacket Isabel Marant; jeans Goldsign; sandals Amina Muaddi. Tank The Range; earrings Balenciaga; necklace 1064 Studio; belt Anderson’s. Bag Maison Etnad; earring and earring Anne Manns; sunglasses Andy Wolf; bag Gu_de
If you’re wearing all white, add an eye-catching element like a snake-print coat or accessory
  • Acne Studios
    Mece cropped high-rise straight-leg jeans

“Balance is everything with the ’90s trend, so I prefer to wear it in small portions rather than a full look. Mixing it with classic shapes and less-obvious pieces is a great way to elevate it and make it feel modern. I love tie-dye; it’s so fun and cool when you style it right. Stick to one element like a T-shirt or a great bag or pair of shoes – you don’t need to go overboard with it. And rather than wear sneakers, which could feel too literal, I’d add some elegant sandals that would really contrast with it.”

L-R: Blazer Helmut Lang; T-shirt Paco Rabanne; sunglasses Saint Laurent. Sandals Gianvito Rossi. Jeans Balenciaga; Bag By Far
An oversized tie-dye T-shirt worn with masculine tailoring is unexpected and really appealing
Blazer Helmut Lang; T-shirt Paco Rabanne; jeans Balenciaga; sandals and bag By Far
Shirt and jeans Matthew Adams Dolan; sandals Alexandre Vauthier; earrings Alessandra Rich

“Doubling up has a Western feel to it that’s fun, plus it’s comfortable and practical, which are the key words in my wardrobe. I prefer to wear the same tones together, but you can mix them up – this shirt would look great with black jeans instead of blue. I’m always drawn towards masculine and oversized shapes. If I’m wearing something casual like this then I’ll be sure to make it more interesting and feminine by wearing a pair of sandals with a very thin heel. It elevates the look and brings it from day to night, too.”

L-R: Shirt Matthew Adams Dolan; sunglasses Acne Studios. Bag Chylak; bag Low Classic; bag Gu_de. Jeans Matthew Adams Dolan; sandals Alexandre Vauthier
Textural accessories like a mock-croc bag will break up your head-to-toe denim look
  • Chloé
    Chloé C mini croc-effect and smooth leather shoulder bag
    Boyfriend jeans
  • Gianvito Rossi
    Portofino 70 suede sandals

“I really like denim shorts, mostly because they’re more practical than a skirt for summer if I’m playing with my kids or biking around the city. When they’re longer and hit above or just below your knee, they feel more covered up and appropriate to wear during the day or in the office. I like to make them feel smarter by putting them together with something a bit more masculine like a blazer – it feels like a modern take on the suit and a summery way to wear my jeans-plus-blazer uniform. Style with a pair of open-toe sandals that will really elongate your legs.”

L-R: Sandal, sandal and sandal Prada. Jacket MM6 Maison Margiela; earrings Jennifer Fisher. Shorts Agolde; sneakers Vetements
Avoid wearing socks with shorts of this length – they’ll cut across your ankles and make your legs look shorter
Jacket MM6 Maison Margiela; shirt and belt bag Prada; shorts Agolde; sandals Simon Miller; earrings Jennifer Fisher
Blazer Erdem; skirt Balenciaga; sandals Attico; headband Prada; bag The Row

“The great thing about denim is that it’s so easy to elevate for a night out. I do wear jeans in the evening, but a denim skirt brings out a more feminine side. I like a shape that’s straight and slim-fit rather than A-line. I’d pair it with something super-ladylike like an elegant jacket. What really tops it off, though, is to wear sparkling accessories, especially sandals like these that give you long, sexy legs and shimmer when you walk.”

L-R: Blazer Erdem; headband Prada. Pumps Aquazzura; earrings Alessandra Rich; belt Black & Brown. Pumps Alessandra Rich
Like a piece of jewelry, a headband can quickly elevate your look. This shape so chic and I love that it makes you look a bit royal

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