Back to the future as denim makes a comeback on the fashion catwalks

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Apart from the odd designer who specialises in it, denim doesn’t tend to get much of a look-in on the catwalks, with high-end houses favouring textiles that command a higher price on the retail racks.

But that all changed this season.

Burberry led the charge, sending out about a dozen shrunken jean jackets. The Gucci show had a cowgirl inflection, mixing dark and light denim with brown leather, and even the usually uber-luxe Dolce & Gabbana showed faded ‘mom’ jeans (albeit encrusted with oodles of crystals).

As such, you can get out your old vintage faves again, but for a much more modern take on the fabric - which originated in the French town of Nimes in 16th century (“de Nimes”, you see?) - take your cue from Chloe, where a cooler, cleaner aesthetic reigned.

It’s time to look beyond those well-worn skinnies and embrace spring’s fresh shapes, from the kick flare to the minimal tee.

Get ready to join the denim revolution...

THE SKIRT: SCORE AN A-GRADE

Mini or midi, buttoned down or zipped up, if you’re in the market for a denim skirt this season, it has to be A-line.

A taut indigo mini is perfect for spring’s Seventies reboot. Pair it with a floaty gypsy top or tuck in a pussy bow blouse and finish with a sweet suede jacket. You’ll be wearing it all through summer too.

A knee-length denim skirt offers more dress-up opportunities. Wear with a soft cream shirt and court heels if your office dress code allows, or add a boxy silk tee, gold cuff and strappy sandals for evening.

THE JACKET: EASTERN INFLUENCE

For SS15, there’s one cover-up to rule them all, existing at the confluence of the denim and oriental trends. MiH’s cool blue kimono pretty much reinvents the jean jacket, giving it a sharp new edge, and its fluted shaped just so happens to go magically with this season’s essential jean style (more on that later).

If the jean-kimono doesn’t appeal (or rather that just shy of £400 price tag doesn’t), the next best thing is to take a crisp men’s denim shirt, roll up the sleeves and wear it unbuttoned.

THE JEANS: WEAR WITH FLARE

As dictated by the haute-hippy revival, it was only a matter of time before flares, well, flared up again.

And while wide leg jeans have been kicking around for a few years, this season we’re talking the real deal: big bell-bottoms, the kind that skim the floor when you’ve got your wooden wedges or disco dancing platforms on.

Or, there’s the more casual alternative, cropped kick flares, ideal for showing off your block-heeled summer sandals.

THE TOP: TEE TIME

If you love the goes-with-everything versatility of a denim shirt, try a tee on for size.

A faded round-neck T-shirt is the ideal accompaniment for leather, either tucked into a pencil or full skirt, or loose over black skinnies.

Do the double by pairing a denim tee with jeans in a contrasting wash, then add pointed-toe heels and a studded or fringed clutch for an edgy after-dark look.

THE DRESS: MINIMAL EFFORT

Denim isn’t the sleekest of fabrics, but it can be chic when the cut is clean and the shape fuss-free - an indigo pinafore or tee dress will become your spring daytime go-to.

Whether long-sleeved or short, it should be devoid of detail - except for pockets - the kind of frock you can throw on with ballet flats or brogues (plus a trench coat if the weather dictates) and you’re all set.

It’ll also come in handy for summer picnics and BBQs. Add sunny sandals, a few bright bangles and a slick of lippy to match.