Should you or shouldn’t you double up on your denim?
This particular question has already been discussed numerous times by fashion experts – without any clear answer. The notorious fashion trend still stirs up very ambivalent sentiments. But who brought it up in the first place? Why do people get so involved when it comes to denim on denim?
Worn by American Cowboys, denim was first fabricated and used in the 17th century. The versatile and sturdy fabric became popular later on because of its cool and rough vibe.
Not having a piece of denim in one’s coset is truly unimaginable! Still, many people believe one denim piece to be absolutely sufficient for one outfit. The denim on denim wear is not easily accomplished. There are countless of failed attempts that confirm people’s wariness towards this specific style. Since denim is a very rough and sturdy fabric, most of the clothing pieces already draw a lot of attention to the outfit. If the combination of several denim pieces is mismatched, it will become overwhelming and looses its unique appeal.
Denim on denim is considered a great fashion faux pas, even though many fashionable celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Zendaya and Cara Delevingne are seen wearing the challenging style. Looking back in history, it seems like the all-denim trend has always been at the top of the list in the fashion industry. Nonetheless, people like gossiping about this “fashion taboo” like no other.
Despite the never ending controversy, the denim on denim look has prevailed throughout time and never got out of style.
Who would dare to double up on his or her denim?
The woman is always more important than the clothes. – P. Lindbergh
Peter Lindbergh is one of the most interesting characters in the fashion industry. His controversial projects and unusual approach as a fashion photographer have made him a pioneer in contemporary photography. Lindbergh has always abhorred the idea of excessive retouching and displaying characterless models with heavy make-up. In his opinion, a woman’s true beauty is expressed by her natural, bare face, regardless of her “imperfections”.
This week, I had the great opportunity to go to his photo exhibition in Munich. Many of his world-famous and life-changing works were showcased on simple walls in black or white, corresponding to his favourite photography style. During the exhibition, I realised that Lindbergh had only captured women in motion or in their most expressive moments – the models were never overshadowed by the clothes they wore. After all, the sole purpose of clothes has always been for women to wear them, not to overwhelm them!
Peter Lindbergh and his work are most intriguing and leave a deep impression on anyone taking a look at his pictures. The models are able to show their personality on camera instead of hiding it underneath expensive designer dresses: the focus lies on the woman herself, anything else serves as an accessory.
This kind of mindset has led to the notorious Supermodel Era in the 80’s. Lindbergh has played a major part in shooting many world-famous models like Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell to the supermodel league.
Lindbergh’s exhibition will be displayed until 28th August 2017 in Munich’s Kunsthalle. I can highly recommend this to any fashion or photography lover out there – you will not be let down!