Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mad for Plaid 2013

In the wake of the grunge revival, I'm thrilled that one of my favorite fashion staples coincides with the latest looks - the plaid shirt. After I started writing this I saw the cover of Glamour France pop up in the Daily Mail - Amanda Seyfried in a fab red & black Richard Tisci by Givenchy plaid shirt. 
Amanda Seyfried for Glamour France, September 2013
Designer plaid looks are turning up in many another glossy for Fall 2013 (including those by Tisci, Dries Van Noten  and Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent), as below.
Carine Roitfeld and Julia Restoin Roitfeld 
for Givenchy Fall 2013 
Rosie Huntington-Whitely in Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent shirt,
Numero Tokyo, September 2013
Kate Bosworth for TopShop 2013
Sky Ferreira for ASOS
Dries Van Noten, Vogue Brazil April 2013
Dries Van Noten, ELLE Russia 
Dries Van Noten, ELLE UK


Meghan Collison in Dies Van Noten shirts, 
Vogue UK  March 2013


Freja Beha Erichsen in Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent, 
for Vogue UK, August 2013
 Sasha Pivovarova in Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent,
Vogue Paris September 2013
 Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy shirt,
Vogue France September 2013 
French Vogue La Fievre Grunge shoot 
by Mert & Marcus, September 2013 (all 4 images above)
Charlotte Coquelin in Dries Van Noten for Radicale
Philip Lim Spring 2013
Despite this resurgence, a good plaid shirt never really goes out of fashion. A leather boots, jeans, white tee and a shirt thrown casually on top or tied around the waist is many a rock chick and off duty model's uniform. My favourite ever plaid shirt was purchased 4 years ago. I wish I could say I got it from a vintage Americana store for a dollar and it probably belonged to a real cowboy, but no. It was not exactly a bargain, I found it while perusing Kate Sylvester's menswear range in 2009, upstairs in her High St Auckland Store which was set up as a cool kind of Rat Pack Mens' club/den. It's a gorgeous blue & grey number in butter-soft 100% cotton, with cute coconut buttons. The fit  & style totally works on a girl so I was thrilled with it.
The plaid shirt style really took off in 1990 during the birth of the grunge era, a Seattle staple and Kurt Cobain fave. pajama top did the same job. (I documented  this era in my grunge post from a few years ago, here). Suddenly, the shirt of choice for lumberjacks, cowboys and tradies was a fashion favourite. Following are a few of my fave recent celeb plaid & check shirt looks.
Gwen Stefani, July 2013
Lady GaGa in Saint Laurent, August 2013
Rihanna in Joyrich
Alison Mosshart
Fashion Blogger Irina Lakicevic in Dries Van Noten
Lea Michele
Mena Suvari
Drew Barrymore
Emilia Clarke in Dries Van Noten
 Kristin Cavallari in Rails shirt
Model Andreea Diaconu
Cara Delevigne in NSF shirt
Sky Ferreira
Kate Moss in Rails shirt 
Kimberley Stewart
Megan Fox in Rails shirts
Alexa Chung
 Charlize Theron in Rails shirt
Giselle Bundchen in Rails shirt
Reece Witherspoon
 Hilary Duff in Rails shirt
 January Jones in Rails shirt
Mary Kate Olsen 
Christina Aguielera
Kylie Jenner, Khloe & Kim Kardashian in Pyrex
Khloe & Kourtney K (added 21/8/13)

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