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Old denim, new design

New Guess collection puts modern spin on '80s favourites

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They say what goes around comes around and this could be none truer then when it comes to fashion.

Sure textiles change, and there are those never seen before silhouettes and new cutting edge styles that pop up from time to time -- much to the delight for this fashionista -- but for the most part fashion reincarnates itself as old forgotten trends get reborn for a new generation of style seekers.

I was recently reminded of this with the "new" denim collection from classic designer jeans brand Guess.

The Guess Originals line will debut this spring and represents a modern twist on some of the vintage and iconic styles that defined Guess over the past three decades, like the classic 1981 button-fly jean, high-waist pencil skirt and the cut-off short.

What I like about this rebirth of style is that Guess has stayed true to its brand essence of designing denim for the young and carefree girl who still likes to look sexy -- Anna Nicole Smith and Jessica Simpson come to mind -- by incorporating a bit of a modern twist in the Originals line.

This limited-edition line features embellishments such as brass studs, distressed denim, floral and lace patchwork, slim cuts and dark washes all adorned with that iconic triangle logo synonymous with Guess.

They have also opted to include a few classics like their light-wash faded overalls and Paulette shortalls in white -- who knew the practical coverall would get a modern makeover.

One of my personal favourtites in the Originals line are the 1981 cut-offs with brass studs. I really like how the designers at Guess have taken a what would normally be a pretty casual garment and transformed it into something stylish, especially if you pair them with some gold flat strappy sandals, classic white V-neck tee and a whole whack of gold bangles on each wrist.

You also can't go wrong with the Brittney denim jacket. This is a timeless must-have addition for every wardrobe, especially as we finally seem to be heading into spring, and looks great with just about everything from a floral print cotton sundress to cropped slim-fit chinos and a crisp, tailored, white Oxford.

 

Got a suggestion for a future column or a fashion trend worth following? Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion@hotmail.com.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 15, 2014 D13

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