Revival of the denim accessory

When Rihanna announced a new denim footwear collection with designer Manolo Blahnik earlier this month, we knew our favorite fabric would form the basis of a key trend for Spring/Summer 2016.

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This season, expect denim to be everywhere -- apart from on your jeans. Spring 2016 is all about the revival of the denim accessory, and designers are digging the part-90s revival, part-cowgirl, and entirely irreverent look.

Naturally, RiRi's collection is setting the tone, with six different styles of boot, sandal and pump, heavily adorned with sequins and embroidery inspired by the superstar's tattoos. The centerpiece of the Denim Desserts range -- which launches on May 5 -- is undoubtedly the "9 to 5" boot, a show-stopping thigh-high denim shoe that tapers into a jewel-encrusted garter belt for a bold and provocative look. 

The singer isn't the only fashionista pushing the look right now. Marc Jacobs's summery new "Katie Platform Pump" is covered entirely in denim and features sequined heart and star motifs to boot for an extra injection of girl band attitude. Pierre Hardy's "Charlotte Sun" denim platforms, meanwhile, use different washes of color to channel the work of French architect and designer Charlotte Perriand for a modern, blocky take on the trend, and Saint Laurent has opted for a flat, clog-like silhouette, with the denim straps dotted with metallic studs.

If you prefer to carry your denim then there is good news, because jean purses have never been hotter -- if you don't believe us then just ask French fashion label Roger Vivier, which has teamed up with celebrity stylist Camille Seydoux on a new capsule accessories collection made entirely from the material. Named "Prismick" in honor of the house's 2012 line of the same name, the range comprises platform sandals, ankle boots, a shoulder bag, a bucket bag, a backpack and a sneaker. Stella McCartney has also just introduced her new "Falabella" quilted denim bucket bag featuring a diamond cut ruthenium chain trim, while See By Chloe's Spring 2016 collection includes the patchwork denim "Vicki" bucket bag, featuring leather tassels for a complete checklist of the season's hottest trends.

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