If there’s one thing in fashion that we know has lived its years and continue to dominate the sartorial zeitgeist—it’s denim. The twill fabric may have gotten its start among the common people as a workwear staple, the fabric got its big break during Calvin Klein’s daring debut of denim on the runway in 1976. This was a time before the the trusty fabric came into the fashion periphery as a valid fabric for the catwalk. Since that seminal moment, denim has remained a mainstay in the wardrobes of fashionphiles worldwide for it’s eternally timeless appeal—and frankly, we can barely recall the time before designer denim existed.
Fast forward to today, denim takes life on the runway in various forms—be it a deceivingly denim-like print on leather pants from Bottega Veneta that went viral earlier this year, or Valentino’s beaded take on the trusty fabric (which took nearly 4 weeks to create and required over 80 different shades of beads to recreate the unique indigo wash)—denim’s trajectory from a humble workwear staple to haute couture surely makes it more than qualified to be the universal language of fashion, if such a thing existed. As trends come and go, it seems that denim has always been around regardless of time and place. From Brooke Shield’s Calvin Klein campaign in the 80s that took the world by storm, to the matching looks worn by Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake at the 2001 American Music Awards—a look back at history tells us that denim will never die.
That said, the beauty of denim lies precisely in its ability to shape-shift, transitioning seamlessly from casual to classy—best showcased by how we see celebrities style the piece. Case in point? Thai actress Goy styles a pair of blue jeans and a white button down, finished off with a belt for a hint of polish, while Sumin of STAYC keeps things fresh and street-ready with a pair of shorts and a crop top. If Y2K glam was the brief, XG’s Maya certainly nailed it as she donned a voluminous skirt fit for the stage—proving that the even the seemingly casual fabric, can too, be fit for the spotlight.
Without further ado, keep reading to see the recent denim looks worn by our favourite celebrities.