Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: It may have begun with Karl Lagerfeld’s Scottish-inspired Pre-Fall collection for Chanel. Either way, plaids have been making a statement in the fall collections thus far. Even Calvin Klein Collection’s Francisco Costa, who rarely embraces a pattern, explored the classic motif in his current offering. He translated it into his minimalist language, opting for tonal versions, rather than the colorful plaids seen in other shows. His continued relationship with technology also came into play, with square laser cutouts and quilting that suggested plaid patterns on bonded leathers and double-faced wools. Shoulders were sharp and often extended, and pleats and creases were polished and precise; these two elements along with shiny leathers added a futuristic touch. One always looks to Calvin Klein Collection for the next batch of top models, and this season there were plenty of exciting new faces, but Costa also included bold-faced names of the past, closing the show with the inimitable Carolyn Murphy. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Extended shoulders / A-line / Ovular
Color: Black / Navy / Heather grey / Emerald / Winter white
Key Items: Plaid pleated skirts / Rounded pants / Wide-shouldered coats
Materials: Bonded leather / Patent leather / Double-faced wool / Curly fur / Hammered satin
Print + Pattern: Plaid
Details + Trim: Laser cutouts / Leather panels / Pressed creases / Peplums / Self-belts / Oversized lapels / Extended shoulders / Quilting / Inverted pleats
Accessories + Footwear: Wide leather belts with large silver buckles / Patent leather knee-high boots / Platform pumps / Flat top-handle frame bags
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