Total-Look Denim, One More Time

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Allover denim on the runway at, from left, Tom Ford, Public School and R13.

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Nowfashion (Tom Ford, Public School); Firstview (R13)

Seriously taken with denim — the top-to-toe kind — designers advanced the look for spring with eye-catching, if occasionally oddball, variations on this all-purpose staple.

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From left, Calvin Klein, Rachel Zoe and Adam Selman.

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Nowfashion (Calvin Klein, Adam Selman); Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Rachel Zoe Collection

If the newest interpretations tend to echo earlier versions on the runways at Chloé and Calvin Klein, so what. No one this week seems in a rush to lay allover denim to rest, not while it offers a reliable canvas for quirky experimentation.

Twists on this seemingly populist theme varied from the upmarket ensembles shown by Tom Ford, all extended shoulders and hip-slung pants, to the rancho deluxe get-ups at Calvin Klein, spliced with shiny patent panels; or the natty three-piece suits on parade at Rachel Zoe.

In his R13 collection, Chris Leba offered a funkier take, showing repurposed denim in the shape of a dress or faded overalls, with slouchy boots to match.

Is this trend nothing more than another rote nod to the 1990s? A droll homage to the unsettling all-American landscape of “Badlands” or “Twin Peaks?” Or just a friendly, and eminently practical, approach to the rigors of day-to-day dressing?

A little of each, so it seems.

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