Jeans are possibly the easiest everyday item to reach for in our closets, but for luxury fashion houses, jeans also serve as a blank canvas to express their most extravagant design sensibilities on. From reconstructed denim to crystal-encrusted jeans, discover the most expensive pairs in the world below:
1. Dolce & Gabbana
A brand known for extravagant Italian couture, Dolce & Gabbana expressed their thing for bling with this ornate pair of jeans. As part of their Spanish-inspired SS15 collection, these light-washed jeans featured metallic roses, studs, crystals, and other glittering embellishments generously sprinkled on the pair.
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Embellished boyfriend jeans, P341,604, DOLCE & GABBANA, Mytheresa.com
Dsquared2 elevates an already eye-catching acid-washed pair with sequins—yup, you heard that right! Every bit is adorned with transparent sequins that sparkle with every move. Talk about #extra!
Sequined denim pants, P261,099, DSQUARED2, Yoox.com
It designer Alessandro Michele displayed his signature Italian flair with these mid-rise, light-wash skinny jeans. Priced well above P100,000, the pair boasts of metals, crystals, embroidery—the works! It's a perfect match to those ubiquitous Gucci denim jackets.
Crystal embroidered denim jeans, P131,370, GUCCI, Farfetch.com
4. Alexander McQueen
Unlike the previous entries’ over-the-top use of glitz, these Alexander McQueen jeans feature neatly-placed embellishments with a gothic motif. Sarah Burton sure has a way of adding wearability to the label’s typically grandiose designs.
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Embroidered jeans, P107, 686, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, Farfetch.com
Vetements is known for its unique denim—we won't dare forget the uneven-hemmed jeans trend that they proliferated in 2017. So what’s the brand's latest take on deconstructed denim? Replacing the entire back panel with black lambskin leather. This show-stopping piece will set you back almost P90,000.
Leather and denim jeans, P88,184, VETEMENTS, Mytheresa.com
Leave it to Prada to add a playful quirk to simple blue jeans. The relaxed boyfriend-cut pair is contrasted with a frilly pop of blue and black feathers on its hem, which is probably the reason for its five-digit price tag—the materials, after all, were sourced from ostriches in South Africa.
Feather-trimmed boyfriend jeans, P80,968, PRADA, Net-a-porter.com
7. Vetements x Levi's
Vetements appears on this list again, this time for their collaboration with one of the world’s most renowned denim brands, Levi's. The no-nonsense straight cut silhouette shows classic Levi's design sensibility. Meanwhile, a boldly positioned namesake text that says “Vetements” is placed across the crotch. As with every Vetements piece, this pair is not for the meek.
Reworked jeans, P67,946, VETEMENTS X LEVIS, Mytheresa.com
8. Amen Couture
Channeling contemporary luxury, these crystallized jeans showcase the brand's knack for meshing everyday wear with haute couture details. The jeans are embellished with glass crystals in beautiful golden tones and contrast perfectly with the jean's dark wash.
Embellished denim jeans, P66,325, AMEN., Yoox.com
The only non-blue or non-black pair on our list comes from none other than Versace. The jeans come in a soft pink color, printed with maxi logos in black and white. Versace spared no effort in fine-tuning its details—the back pocket embroidery creates V's and the buttons' rivets. The back also features a golden engraved Medusa, which was Resort 2019 collection’s muse.
Graphic denim pants, P62,277, VERSACE, Modaoperandi.com
Japanese denim is considered to be the best in the world, and Balenciaga took note. These jeans are made in Japan so you can expect tip-top quality, but of course, not without Balenciaga’s signature French swagger. They're washed to a faded gray that looks cool and worn in.
High-rise straight-leg jeans, P37,823, BALENCIAGA, Net-a-porter.com
11. ELV Denim
The youngest brand on the list, ELV denim is all about quality, uniqueness, and sustainability. The brand salvages discarded denim and restores the scrap fabric into made-to-measure pieces. This means that no two pairs of ELV denim are exactly alike.
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30" Bleach Contrast, P24,273, ELV DENIM, elvdenim.com