TREND Houndstooth is back in the reckoning with Fall/ Winter 2013-14

Eight seasons ago, Fall / Winter 2009-2010 to be precise, fuddy-duddy houndstooth had a resurgence that showed the way to its future. Alexander McQueen, in his second-last fashion week showing in Paris — he committed suicide less than a year after that — made the Scottish weave the hero of his collection. Using the monochrome weave, while also turning it into a deconstructed print (where the houndstooth slowly turned into birds), and with models sporting Marilyn Manson lips, McQueen twisted it into something interesting. Many labels —Derek Lam, Marni, Moschino, Emporio Armani and Stella McCartney — then incorporated the houndstooth in various forms and degrees.

Cue to Fall / Winter 2013-14, and the houndstooth is facing its second resurgence. Tommy Hilfiger led the pack this season. The monochrome zig-zagging came on skirt suits, lapels on camel coats, coats with leather lapels, coat dresses, trilbies and even the season’s biggest accessory hit — envelope clutches.

At Rag & Bone, it was leather details on houndstooth jumpers, while Reem Acra’s was a more lady-like version in the form of draped dresses.

Colourful houndstooth came at Michael Kors — who also had it in monochrome on belted fur shrugs — and the menswear line at Paul Smith. Among other menswear lines, it was metallic houndstooth jackets at Emporio Armani, while Thom Browne, as is often the case, went for the visual effect that overboard creates on the ramp — this time with houndstooth socks and briefcases to match.

SHALINI SHAH

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