Beyond fashions: jeans and shoes from Utrecht to New York

Fashion / Design / Graphics By Federico Poletti
Blue jeans are the most iconic of garments, genderless, they are the most versatile go-anywhere item in any wardrobe, reworked season after season in both the sportiest street style and for top-level fashion. They are also a very Italian matter: we must not forget that production of denim, the fabric most commonly used for jeans, carries great weight for industry and manufacturing right here in Italy. The first dedicated exhibition comes from the far north, organised by the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, which has put together a big totally contemporary celebration of the history and importance of Blue Jeans over the last 350 years. Running until 10 March, it follows a themed itinerary that looks into the experimental and more creative side of jeans: from their origins in the seventeenth century to their endorsement as pieces of haute couture in the twentieth century, thanks to great designers and fashion houses such as Chanel, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Maison Martin Margiela, Marithé+François Girbaud and Yves Saint Laurent, without forgetting all the big international brands, including the Dutch G-Star.
An integral part of the exhibition is the Blue Jeans Workshop, where visitors can set to and work with denim, restyle, exchange and personalise it, trying out different process techniques. Through this show, the Centraal Museum invites us to reflect on the complexity of the world of jeans, an extraordinary mix of craftsmanship and technological innovation that looks very carefully at the sustainable aspect. From Utrecht to New York comes another big obsession, perhaps the most irresistible for women: the shoe. The Museum at the FIT - Fashion Institute of Technology hosts Shoe Obsession (until 13 April) showcasing over 150 examples of contemporary footwear, highlighting the most OTT imaginative styles. On show are creations by the most famous designers like Manolo Blahnik, Salvatore Ferragamo, Roger Vivier and Christian Louboutin, plus a surprising overview of the many emerging names in the world of shoes. It also includes some unique pieces from the collections of several ladies in fashion, including the jewellery designer Lynn Ban and Daphne Guinness. An obsession that never goes out of fashion.