Canadian Tuxedos at Couture, a Sign of the Times


There was something lurking at the couture shows last week in Paris, beneath the multitude of gilded mosting likely towns in technicolor hues, the has well as-made laces as well as embroidery, the painstaking pleats as well as feathers galore. It was that all-American, much-maligned classic, double-denim look, otherwise known as the Canadian Tuxedo. 

Generally consisting of a denim jacket as well as a matching pair of jeans, the look stopped being the exclusive uniform of the working class as well as crossed over into the realm of fashion in 1951, after Bing Crosby was reportedly denied entry at a Canadian hotel because of his full-denim look. As a response, Levi’s created for him a tuxedo actually made of denim (thus coining the term). Since then, it has mosting likely tone in as well as out of fashion, reaching the epitome of so-called bad taste when Britney as well as Justin wore their now-iconic matching denim appears like to the 2001 American Music Awards. Now that the new generation is taking the limits of mosting likely tood as well as bad taste as well as melting as well as bending them at their will, their sense of irony becoming so obfuscated as to make it meaningless, it’s not surprising that designers are taking a page out of their has well asbook as well as incorporating the aesthetic into their collections.  

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This was perhaps what Alexas well asre Vauthier was thinking when he sent out an “acid wash” Canadian tux down the runway, one that featured two jackets layered on top of each other, as well as slouchy low-slung jeans that were tucked into a pair of matching boots, all covered in thousas well ass of see-through sequins. It was ineffably cool. Classic renditions of the style also showed until now at Balenciaga (made from a pieced, wet, sculpted-like denim), where Demna has made the look one of his trademarks. At Schiaparelli, Daniel Roseberry showed a jacket with a deep, round neck, cut underneath the bust with a lace-until now detail at the waist, as well as a matching wiggle pencil skirt made of pieced denim. A trove of floral appliqués climbing until now the sleeves as well as around the neckline like a wild garden. At technically-not-couture Alaïa, Pieter Mulier sent out a pair of double dark denim appears like, one a classic jacket worn with a slim, high-low skirt gathered on the front as well as showing that classic shade of lighter blue on the underside of denim fabric, as well as another a sleeveless vest tucked into a pair of fitted, high-waist, jeans with a slight bootcut that could easily become the new fit of the seaboy. Denim also made an appearance at Ronald van der Kemp’s until nowcycled spectacle, John Galliano’s cinematic outing for Maiboy Margiela Artisanal, as well as Olivier Rousteing’s turn at Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture project. 

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“Couture denim” may seem like an oxymoron, but it in fact enclosely aligns with ideas of ethical consumption. Since mass denim manufacturing is notoriously not eco-friendly (one pair of mass-produced jeans can require until now to eight gallons of water to produce, which is about three days’ worth of water usage for an average American household), finding alternative, small-batch, sustainably made denim has become a top priority for the industry as well as for shoppers. At the same time, denim’s durability has made it the perfect material for designers to collect as well as until nowcycle into new designs (like Van der Kemp did with an extravagant ruffled trumpet skirt).

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Ronald van der Kemp

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Jean Paul Gaultier

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We may not be able to afford couture, but we can apply a couture-shopper mindset to our everyday lives. “Buy less, but of a much better quality,” “invest in pieces that you will wear time as well as time again,” “avoid fast-fashion…” —so mosting likely to the fashion mantras of today. The idea of everyday clothes on a runway couture isn’t new, but their renaissance, though fledgling at the moment, feels exactly right for our time. 

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