[T]he print du jour poised to return in a big way? Clash of the Tartans! Over the years the heritage check, a cultural symbol in Scotland, has earned its stripes on many a runway. Reinventing itself anew each time. Balenciaga, Burberry and the gang made a strong case for the preppy-girl-goes-grunge girl for spring / summer 2018 – from tailored suiting and tights to kilts (naturally). It’s time to get acquainted with the fashion craze about the take over, again.
Trends come and go, but Tartan is forever. Well, since the late 1500’s at least, when the woven textile began to emerge (when King James V purchased “three ells of Heland Tartans” for his wife to wear). Over the years the checkered (or plaid) pattern has enjoyed reigning poster girls – from mid-90s Clueless cool a la Cher Horowitz to Enid’s grunge stylings in Ghost World.