Putting things in boxes is the convention for control freaks obsessed with figurative neatness. But in our upside-down universe, where reality stars become presidents, and the truth is touted as lies, the poetry of order is understandable. Fashion outwardly expresses cultural moments, and the moment we are in necessitates some serious linear therapy.
“Unfollowing” tradition has served fashion well. Brands like GUCCI and Demna Gvasalia at BALENCIAGA and VETEMENTS show that unorthodox ideas can equal a steady stream of followers willing to pay whatever the cost to be a part of the club. Traditional plaids and checks are now springtime fare. Anything goes.
FENDI’s take is layering plaid on plaid dressing with varying fabrics. A bold checked skirt suit rocked the BOTTEGA VENETA runway. But designers like TORY BURCH, LOEWE and HERMÈS used the lighthearted boxes in gingham to express a more conventional summer mood. Bottom line—plaid and checks are year-round patterns, psychology and world affairs aside.