Diane Keaton, the decorated actress, known and loved for her performances in cult American films like Annie Hall and heart-warming rom-coms like Father of The Bride, Something’s Gotta Give and The First Wives Club is also relished for her groundbreaking style. In particular, her love of suiting. The waistcoats, pleated trousers and tweed blazers all born out of her life-imitates-art character in Annie Hall.
Keaton has made the look her signature since the 1977 film (despite its director Woody Allen’s much-publicised disgrace), so when, overnight she preached via Instagram that her latest styling escapade has caused such a sartorial sensation that she has “NEVER RECEIVED MORE COMPLIMENTS ON ANYTHING I’VE EVER WORN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE” we were also left with thoughts all in capitals.
Keaton is referring to her very, very wide leg denim jeans. Not the flared kind, not the straight-cut oversized kind, no, the really wide leg, huge-pocketed, skateboarder-jeans-from-the-90s kind. In Australia, back then, they were known as Keppers, in the US they were JNCO. Famed for their shopping centre habitation on borderline-delinquent teens, their pairing with Royal Elastics sneakers and their opposition from parents everywhere.
I always knew their revival would one day manifest, but did I ever, in my wildest redux dreams, expect it to come via Diane Keaton? Not on your mall-rat life I did not. Her Instagram look is chic, of course (seriously, scroll her Insta for all of the chic-trouser inspiration you could ever need). Paired with a black turtleneck and her own signature felt Pharrell-type hat, the post has not only started a whole fashion thing, but caused a swarm of adoring celebrity followers to take to the comments section. Deborah Messing, Lisa Kudrow, Tracey Ellis-Ross and Aubrey Plaza all gave verbal praise, while Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Garner caught the capitals bug, screaming “WHO MAKES THEM?”
The general consensus seems to be that they are vintage JNCO, but confirmation still awaits. In the meantime, if you want to rock a wide-leg jean as per, here’s a few options that are on their way to Diane-In-Delaware Kepper-town.