Is double denim EVER ok As Vogue Mexico revives Nineties faux pas, the fashion world weighs in with divided opinions
23:26 GMT, 24 July 2012
Long reserved for rhinestone-studded country stars, its seems denim-on-denim is making a comeback with Vogue Mexico's latest cover.
A polished but tough looking Kasia Struss poses next to a motorbike on the magazine's August cover, wearing top-to-toe denim from Rag & Bone.
Coined the Canadian Tuxedo for its earlier fashion faux pas connotations, double denim underwent an unwavering revival during the spring 2010 collections, but this time around the tricky trend has divided opinion within the fashion industry.
Jean genie: A polished but tough Kasia Struss poses next to a motorbike on the magazine's August cover, wearing top-to-toe denim from Rag & Bone
A vocal supporter, Lucky magazine's digital fashion editor, Ray Siegel, told MailOnline: 'You can't expect an all-American kid from the '80s not to embrace denim on denim – or as I like to call it – a joutfit (jean outfit)'.
Meanwhile, Into the Gloss decisively posed the question: 'Honestly, the fact that double-denim is hideous is a universally accepted fact, right'
Made famous and covetable to the mainstream by Marilyn Monroe in the 1961 film, Misfits, after she wore a Lee denim jacket with classic blue jeans, it was 40 years later that Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears swiftly turned the trend into a fashion statement reserved for the tacky.
Once the couple stepped out wearing matching denim outfits in 2001, the mid-western look quickly disappeared.
However nine years later, during the spring 2010 collections, pairing chambray shirts with denim jeans became a paragon of casual chic.
Take two: Also putting denim-on-denim back on the fashion table is Vogue Brazil, starring Victoria's Secret model Isabeli Fontana on its June cover
Chloe featured polished patchwork denim-on-denim, while D&G and Ralph Lauren ripped and frayed theirs; and suddenly fashion editors worldwide applauded the return of the Canadian Tuxedo.
Designers quick to catch up with the favourable trend turned to more tailored looks for the 2011 spring collections. Stella McCartney, Derek Lam and Dries Van Noten all sent out models in structured, but soft, denim skirt and pant suits, coats and blazers.
Cementing the trend, Isabel Marant paired patchwork denim shirts with skinny dark jeans for her fall 2011 show, a look that was capitulated onto fashion blogs and Tumblr feeds by off-duty models on the international show circuit.
Fashion-following celebrities caught on quickly, with Katie Holmes, Alexa Chung, Amber Heard and Reese Witherspoon epitomising casual cool in their own denim ensembles.
Fashion faux pas: Britney Spears and her then boyfriend, Justin Timberlake at the American Music Awards wearing matching double denim in 2001 (right), while Jessica Simpson regrettably followed suit in 2002 (right)
But its over-saturation haltered the
trend with the same speed and fervor that it originally invaded Vogue
fashion spreads, street-style blogs and Williamsburg coffee shops.
now, putting denim-on-denim back on the fashion table is two
international editions of Vogue; Brazil for its June cover starring
Victoria's Secret model Isabeli Fontana, and Mexico for its August
Fashion critic Isaac Hindin Miller of Isaac Likes admits he isn't a fan 'when it veers into biker gang territories,' before adding, 'but give me a Bruce Springsteen Double D look on a girl any day.
'I prefer it with boyish jeans
rolled up over a pair of navy blue high top Chuck Taylors, a Levi's
Trucker Jacket, a plain white tee and a navy baseball cap. All blue
Blue jean baby: Amanda Heard (left), Alexa Chunga (middle) and Katie Holmes (right) all embraced the trend
All blue: Blonde bombshells Cameron Diaz (left), Charlize Theron (middle) and Reese Witherspoon (right) have all been spotted in top-to-toe denim
Many fashion editors,
without discounting the trend altogether, are quick to point out the
hard and fast rules of successfully pulling off double denim. It has been tirelessly noted that their colours should always contrast, never match.
New York City based fashion consultant, Amanda Shine,
who references Isabel Marant and Ralph Lauren to get the trend right, explained: 'I love the double denim look if the wash and style are
Vogue cover model Ashika Pratt agrees, saying: 'I wear double denim all the time, but always different colours like faded black shorts with a stonewash blue Trucker Jacket or chambray shirt. I wouldn't wear the same colour denim like [Vogue's cover] because it's too matchy.
'But let's face it: A girl like Kasia Struss is going to look good in anything.'