This post is a trend report on a Fabric trend that has made its way from fall 2017 to an all season round trend. Plaid.
Trends arguably drive the fashion industry, they are the perfect blend of catwalk, celebrity and high street. Fabric trends on an industry level make the most sense. Fabrics are time consuming to produce and it makes economic sense to have a certain color or textile in demand for a specific season.
Spring/Summer 2018 is almost here and plaid is back. However, there is the age old confusion between Plaid or Tartan. Which is right? Tartan is a pattern consisting of multiple colored criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands. Plaid is a specific type of garment that Scots wore to protect themselves from the cold. The word plaid is derived from the Gaelic word Plaide meaning Blanket . The pattern woven into that garment was Tartan. So for the purpose of this trend report we will be using Plaid.
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To discuss fully this trend we will look at it from three perspectives, Catwalk, Celebrity and High Street.
All over the catwalk for Spring/Summer 2018 Plaid made appearances. Here are three images from different runway shows.
From Balenciaga to Hermes RTW to Fendi bags. Pants, Skirts, Shirts, Dresses, Accessories. Plaid ruled the runway.
Next is how celebrities are rocking this trend.
High street fashion is the final nail that makes a trend successful. When high street fashion brands produce garments using a trending fabric, color, it means that the public has access to the trend. The cycle of a trend’s life is not complete till it gets to the public. Below are a couple pictures from different high street brands stocking Plaid.
These High Street options are an affordable way to incorporate the trend into your closet.
How to Wear Plaid
The next two posts on the blog will detail how to incorporate this trend into your closet. So come back and read that.
Balenciaga Image from Fashion Gone Rogue
Hermes Runway Image from WWD
Fendi Bag Imaga from Purse View
Victoria Beckham Image from Who What Wear
Olivia Palermo Image from In Style, Taken by Michael Simon Startraks Photo.
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— Vanessa Akin-Adesola