The pale denim featured in so many Resort 13 collections was executed in edgy, modern cuts, making the trend feel decidedly current. Case in point: Derek Lam's strong Pale Denim Cropped Utility Jacket ($1290) layered over the boxy Indigo Tweed Sleeveless Dress With Pale Denim And Silver Jacquard Trim ($1990) or Givenchy's batwing button-down and knee-length shorts. Balmain also experimented with silhouettes, tucking a short-sleeve Denim Shirt ($1050) into high-waisted, pleat-front Denim Pants ($1050). The outcome? Pale pieces that looked lived-in but not outdated.
It comes as no surprise that celebrities and tastemakers sought out stylish denim renditions as well. At an event in October feting the Maison Martin Margiela x H&M collaboration in New York, Maryna Linchuk wore several pieces from the coveted collection: the Flat Waistcoat ($299), 5-Pocket Oversized Jeans ($70), Glove Bag ($149), and Sneakers ($129). Choosing a pair of baggy trousers in a light wash, rather than standard skinny jeans, lent fashion-forward flair to the model's suede jacket and t-shirt. That same month at the 20th Hamptons International Film Festival, Bella Heathcote channeled a slightly more sophisticated look in Chanel's Versaille Cotton Toile Dress ($6222) from the Resort 13 collection. Rendered in pale denim, the dress' ladylike silhouette--nipped-in waist, flared skirt, high collar--exudes a chic downtown vibe.
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Pale denim is such a versatile look that it's quite simple to incorporate into your wardrobe. Start with the basics, like American Apparel's Unisex Denim Long Sleeve Button-Up ($64) in Light Wash Indigo or GUESS' Brittney Skinny Jeans with Floral Back Pockets ($108). Each is a classic piece (you may already own one in a darker wash) that goes with just about anything. If you seek an intriguing twist on the timeless jean jacket, try Denim Refinery's The Leopard Print Levi's Jacket ($195).
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Those with more feminine sensibilities may want to check out J Brand/Christopher Kane's Stretch-Denim Dress ($486) or Surface to Air's Melia Denim Skirt ($170). However, it's important to note that these pieces are imbued with a toughened-up, city charm, thanks to bold buttons and detailed seaming, so contrast the look with boyish oxfords or a playful cashmere sweater.
Nothing evokes the '80s like acid-wash denim, so we simply had to include Deena & Ozzy's Acid Wash Backpack ($42) in the mix. Sling this roomy carryall over your shoulder, but avoid looking like you just stepped off the Saved by the Bell set by wearing it with of-the-moment pieces, like a utility jacket or polished blazer.
Here's a novel way you can interpret the pale denim trend: Dior's 5-Colour Designer All-in-One Artistry Palette ($59) in Navy. The compact boasts five different shades of subtly iridescent blue shadow, perfect for shaking up your daily beauty routine.--Tiffany Tse
Photo of Bella Heathcote, courtesy of Getty Images; photo of Maryna Linchuk, courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency; Balmain runway photo, courtesy of Balmain; Derek Lam runway photo, courtesy of Derek Lam; Givenchy runway photo, courtesy of Givenchy.