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White shirt Wednesday: directional denim

spring fashion interpretation white shirt with frayed denim

With a strong slash and burn fashion rebellion hitting denim hard this season, it comes as no surprise that fringing is the latest maverick move to be flaunted by the fashion glitterati. From thrift shop chic dust ball denim to new reinterpretations on classic indigo, one strong sartorial theme reigned supreme – lashings of combed fringe.

First seen in OTT form with pre-fall offerings from Dries Van Noten and Marques Almeida, our favourite cool cotton twill was ripped, washed, trimmed and braided for a new and exiting take on directional denim for spring '16. Inspired by retro throwback distressed denim coveted through the decades, hints to this new world of blue twill design were seen in a collection of layered ruffle tops, floor-skimming denim peignoirs and razor-blade contoured cuffs.

Part of the growing global trend that has seen dimensions cropped and re-positioned with sexy allure, slashed collars, ankle swingers and bare mid-drift are softly veiled with modest yet contemporary raw hem accenting.

In the thick of prime denim season, the raw edged straight jean has become the most influential design to covet. Worn in a multitude of different ways, the baggy, big cropped culotte is in – and last season's favourite, the boyfriend jean is out. Ideal for showing a bit of skin and still feeling A-lister ready, this casual countdown to summer style is a front row favourite from Milan to Moscow.

 Worn with an air of androgyny these cropped, frayed hem jeans are the ideal candidate for flaunting some fashion flair this season. A low slung design that adds a touch of masculine allure into the mix, these exaggerated pants from MGSM look the part paired with formal spring favourites like our contoured short sleeve Bettie shirt.

One of our absolute favourite items, this flattering silk shirt in Stark Naked white (almost sold out!) instantly adds a formal edge to these playful bottoms. Worn tucked into the waistband, this super soft shirt creates a formal, more refined overtone, setting the scene for well-placed accessories that inject some extra fashion gravitas into a seemingly simple ensemble.

With oh-so-low flats the footwear of choice this season, give high heels the boot and slip into something far more comfortable like these striking monochrome pointed flats. Dramatic enough to pack a punch yet still flattering, giving a thinner, more slender heel, these slide-on Acne Studios flats are a preppy ode to predictive summer looks. Worn with camera-shy oversized beige frames and an ornate, embroidered clutch, this uneven and slightly 'gauche' take on fond spring fashion adds a touch of European allure to hot kerbside looks.

Pictured: VAUGHAN silk shirt, MSGM frayed denim culottes, Acne Studios flats, Kayu clutch, Linda Farrow sunnies

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