If the thought of plaid conjures up lumberjacks or ‘90s grunge rockers, then think again. For autumn-winter 17, this most traditional of fabrics gets a rebirth with everyone from Stella McCartney to Gucci sending chequered looks down the runway.
At DSquared2 the style was funky with brightly clashing colours topped by tweed; Junya Watanabe harked back to the era of punk (and check out the Avatar-style make-up) while Gucci, Hermes, Etro and Loewe each gave very different takes on classic looks from bright and girly to cool and sombre. Quintessential British designer Jenny Packham even went so far as to debut a tartan ball gown and voluminous plaid skirts topped with statement tees.
Probably one of the season’s easiest looks to adapt for everyday wear, there’s the option to display your fashion chops with small touches from hats to scarves, or choose a statement piece, such as a shirt or skirt, coupled with plainer accompaniments. I particularly like the season’s overcoats. Perhaps not the greatest investment in our climate but one that will last years and will always look smart, particularly for regular travellers to cooler climes.