The Classics: Catwalk Blues

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Indigo is once again stealing the casualwear spotlight for spring as designers from Frida Giannini at Gucci to Christopher Bailey at Burberry Prorsum gave the classic clothing archetype a ready-to-wear spin.

At the latter, the denim jacket was cropped and teamed with tiered party skirts. At Bottega Veneta, dark denim was cut into cocktail dresses with sequinned appliqué flowers added as corsages to shirt waister styles. Knitwear even got the indigo treatment at Gucci and Chloe – where faded jumpers had a lived-in, relaxed feel.

So what makes it different this season? The celebration of denim’s classical features – the flat-felled seams, the metal buttons, defined external pockets – there is something authentic, rather than Japanese minimalism, about the way designers are embracing the fabrication for Spring/Summer 2015.