We have debated the merits of traditional versus modern denim at Highsnobiety quite a bit. Most recently, we looked at the insurgent rise of the bootleg cut which proved as contentious as ever.
What we’ve garnered is that the infinitely versatile world of denim can be all things to all people. However, just because the classic styles deserve a place in every wardrobe, it doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with holographic fabric treatments, unconventional tie-dyes, and colorful prints.
Below we’ve pulled some of our favorite jeans that don’t even look like jeans — from Acne Studios, Eytys, Marine Serre, and more.
Acne Studios Tie-Dye Jeans
’60s-inspired tie-dye is still having its big fashion moment, and now it’s creeping into denim too. Acne Studios has applied a dark wash of green, purple, blue, and yellow to a classic straight-leg 1996 jeans, named after the brand’s founding year.
Acne Studios Holographic Jeans
Acne Studios lives up to its namesake (Ambition to Create Novel Expressions) with the slim-fit holographic coated-denim jeans, mixing pure Millenium nostalgia with the more recent wave of iridescent fabrics — which were all over the Paris Fashion Week runway.
Eytys Cypress Tar Jeans
If you want leather pants, but don’t want to sweat under the notoriously unbreathable fabric, Swedish label Eytys has you covered. The recently released cypress tar jeans are as comfortable as soft denim but with a wet look treatment over the top to give them a premium cowhide shine with contrast white stitching, and gold-tone hardware on the buttons.
Dries Van Noten Gray Panthero Jeans
Dries Van Noten’s panthero jeans come from the Belgian designer’s FW19 collection. At Paris Fashion Week earlier this year, the jeans were put into the context of a wild technicolor collection that spanned the full spectrum of dusty grays (such as above) to psychedelic tie-dye drip patterns.
Vyner Articles Halloween-Hawaii Print Jeans
Halloween and Hawaii may sound like two totally disparate things, but for London-based label Vyner Articles it was the perfect match to execute these spooky tropical jeans with an elasticated waist.
Eckhaus Latta Triple Dip Tie Dye Jeans
These wide-leg jeans from Eckhaus Latta will tick boxes for fans of rusty beige colorways and painterly details on the cuffs. The eye-catching design is pulled from the New York label’s FW19 collection.
Heron Preston Rusty Tie Dye Jeans
Heron Preston’s FW19 denim output includes this pair of black straight-leg jeans with camo-inspired tie-dye on the front and СТИЛЬ logo printed on the back, along with a repeat patch of tie-dye on the back pocket.
Casablanca Jet Set Jeans
Casablanca’s straight-leg jeans communicate a love of graphics and a jet-set lifestyle, with trunks and luggage printed in illustrative watercolors on white denim.
Bethany Williams Painted Patchwork Jeans
Bethany Williams’ patchwork jeans are made in the UK and inspired by the city of Liverpool, as with the rest of the label’s FW19 “Adelaide House” collection. These vibrant bootcut pants would probably need something a little more basic to balance things out on top, such as a plain white T-shirt and black boots on foot.
Marine Serre Moon Print Jeans
French designer Marine Serre has adopted the crescent moon as an intrinsic motif for her fashion-forward label. Here, the symbol is replicated on a pair of light-wash denim as seen on A$AP Rocky in the fifth picture below.
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