Written by Natalie Bell – An ardent writer and blogger with a penchant for fashion.
Plaid has been a recurring theme on the catwalks for the past few years and has been a significant catalytic element to the buzz surrounding fashion weeks in Milan, London, Paris and New York. The geometric patterns create visual exuberance and are considered to be a key feature of any outfit. Thus, the increasingly popular trend has steadily reigned catwalks with no signs of abating. Among male catwalks this trend has consistently depicted a rugged sense of virility which designers have modified to combine with new and upcoming trends.
For SS11 we saw an array of checked designs on the catwalks such as shirts, shorts, loose summer sweaters and other light fabrics. We have seen styles and fabrics in the forms of preppy plaid, casual checks and genial gingham. The geeky look has been popular through spring and summer incorporating bright pastel hues into the plaid pattern, creating an eloquent yet sophisticated style.
Checks are seemingly timeless as they appear to cavort from one season to the next. Their versatility has become more and more apparent each year as they efficaciously claim their place in the fashion-sphere, deservedly. To maintain the initial frenzy created at the beginning of each season, the transition to the next has to be something even more spectacular.
For the AW11 season designers have crafted a regeneration of the plaid panache in syndication with the inspired heritage trend. This aristocratic look embodies culture and tradition and has been successfully emulated on the catwalks within an amalgamated combustion of quirkiness and style. This year we have seen the plaid trend become entwined with this outdoorsy guise as it denotes an essence of the countryside. Items from the heritage catwalk collections exude auras of luxury and legacy due to the array of luxurious materials and twills. Think wax jackets, leather boots, lumberjack checks, velvet jackets and eccentric tweed.
As well as plaid being used as the pattern for the entirety of the garment, it can also be used subtly to accent an outfit for a more conservative look.
The plaid pattern certainly shows off its versatility through the seasonal climes and continues to be an all year round wardrobe staple. Whether it’s houndstooth, tartan, glen or gingham, the plaid pattern is certainly set to remain affluent within the fashion sector for the foreseeable future.