Pretty Plaid

Altuzarra: Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW

Can plaids be pretty? Yes! The traditionally masculine pattern has popped up on the chicest runways of New York Fall 2011 fashion week so far… Derek Lam, Rag & Bone and Altuzzara. Joseph Altuzarra is a much-buzzed about newcomer on the scene but his collection showed his prowess. With it’s feminine take on grunge, the designer proved that plaid — in sultry fabrics and cuts — can actually be a little sexy.

Altuzarra: Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW
Altuzarra: Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW

Fashion darling Derek Lam took a more straight-forward approach with black and gray, chalky, window-pane like plaid, in mod-like slim wool pants with tunic-style tops. Though the pattern is bold, the skinny leg trousers couldn’t be more flattering. The plaid makes a perfect pairing with solid black or gray flannel.

Derek Lam:Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW 
Derek Lam:Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW

Rag & Bone, known for their sportier, edgier vibe, put a twist on traditional Scottish-style tartans. In a fringe-trimmed kilt, miniskirts, a bomber jackets and a cape these old-world plaids have been giving the downtown treatment.

Rag & Bone: Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW
Rag & Bone: Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW

Whether or not you plan to incorporate plaid into your wardrobe next fall, think about working it into your home decor. Tartans add a warm, cozy feel in any room — and not just in your husband’s den. Think libraries, living rooms, children’s bedrooms, tabletop, kitchens and breakfast nooks. Try it! You just might go mad for plaid!

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Sundeck Plaid Urn Lamp $314.00 (USD) excl tax

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