Add Kris Van Assche’s name to the long list of denim devotees this season. Youthful and loosely tailored suits were his main statement in lustrous fabrics in jeanlike shades.

The show started out awkwardly. The Belgian designer decided to speed the fraying process and slice open the knees of his mottled denim pants and shorts. It came off as an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction.

Things improved rapidly with a series of cool aviator blousons lengthened into car coats and summer parkas. Shirts were the other main story, with traditional stripes and checks spliced into crisp camp shirts.

For those who prefer to wear the denim trend sparingly, Van Assche offered clever accessories, including stonewashed belts, denim backpacks piped in white and two-tone blue suede shoes.

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