Dan­ger­ously good denim

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - FASHION WITH KARLYA SMITH -

Ido a spread of new sea­son denim about this time ev­ery year. Hand on heart – this year’s page is my favourite to date. There’s just so much good denim around this spring. When I had the sam­ples on loan, I tried so many of them on that I man­aged to con­fuse my­self about which piece was my favourite.

Even­tu­ally, I de­cided to buy the Sylvester (by Kate Sylvester) trousers (#2 on the right), they just be­longed. Made from a more light­weight fab­ric than denim twill, and with some stretch, the pants are com­fort­able while be­ing cute. Fit-wise, they are the slightly cropped cut that suits my height (about 5 foot 7) and are a high-waisted style that works with my (hour­glass-y) shape.

The whole Sylvester range is par­tic­u­larly good this year, right down to an ex­cel­lent mac and match­ing hat that I’ll run at a later date.

Kow­tow’s denim earns a men­tion too, and would do on sheer hard graft. Like all its or­ganic cot­ton fab­rics, the dark denim is devel­oped in-house.

It takes Kow­tow about a year to de­sign and de­velop each fab­ric and achieve the de­sired qual­ity on weave, weight and colour fin­ish. Add to that its hard­ware – the metal but­tons and riv­ets are nickel-free and tested by global cer­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem Oeko-Tex for harm­ful sub­stances.

I men­tion all this be­fore I get to the most im­por­tant point, which is that these de­signs are the best the brand has re­leased in denim to date. I’d gladly call any one of these pieces my own.

You’ll note there’s not a sin­gle skinny jean or rip any­where. I put my pairs to rest a long time ago now, and have fi­nally man­aged to do so ed­i­to­ri­ally as well.

1/ Ketz-ke Stitch hat, $49 2/ Sylvester cham­bray pants, $259 3/ Levi’s wide-leg jeans, $1704/ Ruby Harper skirt, $189 5/ Wynn Ham­lyn denim skirt, $375 6/ Com­pany Of Strangers Money bag, $690 7/ Vans Au­then­tic sneak­ers, $100 8/ Jojo Ross Pop shorts, $295 9/ Katie Bat­tersby Wood­lan­der dress, $290 10/ Neuw Mia jacket, $210 11/ Kow­tow Elda jacket, $32912/ Kow­tow Panel dress, $279 13/ I Love Ugly men’s pants, $139 14/ Levi’s jacket, $190 5

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