Plaid: Timeless, Traditional or With a Twist
Plaid: Timeless, Traditional or With a Twist

Plaid, seen through the eyes of today’s textile designers, both pays tribute to, and reaches beyond its prepster persona. From the runways to the pages of this month’s House Beautiful, it seems I’m running across plaids (or tartans, as they say overseas) at every turn.

As the days grow colder (and a little icy of late, depending where you live), I could certainly take comfort in a warm, woven wool or cashmere blend. Which plaid speaks to your aesthetic? Modern plaids in vibrant Lagoon, Magenta, Purple or Flame like those found in Kirkby Design’s Spectrum collection, or iconic, traditional plaids from Brunschwig & Fils, Ralph Lauren Home or Colefax and Fowler?

Clockwise from top: Blazer, Theory. Caledonia wool plaids (center), Kirkby Design. Brunschwig Plaid in Dove/Mocha, Brunschwig & Fils. Frame FR Crimson (on chair), Kirkby Design. Small Smoked Check Saddlestitch Tote Bag, Burberry. Lanark Plaid (on sofa), Colefax and Fowler. St. Germain Occasional Chair, Apartment No. One collection, Ralph Lauren Home. Burrough Court Tartan and Whitehall Tartan, Ralph Lauren Home.

Clockwise from top left: Metallic Plaid Slim Trousers, Giorgio Armani. Kelburn Check (on sofa), Colefax and Fowler. Norwich Plaid, Hodsoll McKenzie. Lewis Plaid, Colefax and Fowler. Cashmere Heather Plaid Scarf, J. Crew.

Clockwise from top left: Plaid Coat, Phoebe Philco for Céline. Circuit FR Lagoon (on sofa) with Blend FR Lagoon and Caledonia FR Ammonite (on pillows), Kirkby Design. Spectrum Collection of wool plaids (center), Kirkby Design. Plaid Pumps, Piperlime. Marden, Travers. For more information or to request samples of the product listed above, contact your local showroom.

Photography: Colefax and Fowler, Kirkby Design, Ralph Lauren Home, Brunschwig & Fils, Zimmer + Rohde, Burberry, J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, Piperlime, Fashion Gone Rouge, ShopBop.

Stay tuned for a holiday-inspired post “with all of the trimmings.”

Until next time…


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