Monday, 14 February 2011

checking on checks

Lots of checkered patterns can be seen on New York fashion 
week's runway shows: tartan, argyle or plaid motifs, 
quintessentially Scottish yet all the rage: being checked 
fabrics, printed or jacquard, a classic design element
of winter clothing they're recurrently revised by 
altering color combinations and shapes.

Thailand born designer Thakoon Panichgul's RTW fall-winter 
collection shows maxi checks used with irony while playing 
with puffy volumes in a clever hybrid of Kenyan Masai tribe 
and Versailles costumes mixing vivid red and blue  
hues in mis-matched prints.

Plaid dresses with fraying edges and hooded parkas in a 
reinterpretation of 90s' easy-elegance with strong hints to 
grunge style, shape Joseph Altuzarra's collection in which 
micro tartan, tiny checks and argyle patterns give rise to
a functional, wearable and quite feminine assemblage that 
will surely make it sought after by young ladies.

A deconstructed approach marks Pennsylvania designer 
Tory Burch's fall collection with oversized plaid patterns 
in which the designer presents an unusual college look 
where kilted tartan skirts turn into pareos and
scarf-prints become skirts and dresses.

Tory Burch's
Tory Burch's
New York fashion week welcomed back L.A. Johnson Hartig's 
Libertine after two wordless years with a vintage-looking 
collection full of energizing textures and colors. 
Several A-line swing coats, tight sheath dresses with
pencil skirts all screen-printed in radiant electric blue,
purple, fluorescent pink, off-white and yellow.

Libertine's definitely my favorite for its combination of 
vintage silhouettes treated with paint in a surprising 
technique originating impressive mélanges.

Libertine's  -  all images by  -

1 comment:

  1. OMG how insanely gorgeous is the Libertine puffy jacket?!!!! I love the prints on those classic shapes.