NEW YORK — With high-end jeans remaining in fashion’s spotlight, it only makes sense for denim to make an appearance on the runways.

Unwilling to leave the premium and super-premium jeans markets to specialists like Seven for All Mankind and Paper, Denim & Cloth, a number of top name designers showed denim at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Bryant Park last month. Designers including Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors and Betsey Johnson made liberal use of the fabric.

“I was totally inspired by that hip-hop girl you see in the videos,” said Betsey Johnson. “I wanted my opening piece to look like the real deal — skintight denim with a doleman-sleeve top — just like what Beyoncé would wear.”

Johnson said she will also take some runway pieces that were not made in denim and make them denim for retail. Such is the case with the shark-bite bikini that she showed on the runway.

“I’m taking those shark-bite marks and am putting them on jeans,” she said. “It looks like a shark is biting your butt.”

Beyond that, Johnson said her favorite look was the black denim tuxedo jacket with “the shortest denim shorts known to man.” She said that is available for retailers in both black and blue denim.

Michael Kors’ collection included denim with bright yellow and orange stitching, and at Baby Phat, Kimora Lee Simmons showed sequin patched jeans.

Here, just a sampling of the many spring denim looks.

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