Checks, plaids and tartans are this Autumn’s definitive prints. And this season, WALL London is taking the square route.
Moschino’s AW13 show played with both traditional and punked-up plaids, showing models in very regal tartan opening looks. It was clear to see that the designer [Rossella Jardini] had started with Scotland as her main reference for the collection. Saint Laurent sent their girls out in pretty, featherlight dresses toughened up with red flannel shirts and biker boots. And Chanel paid tribute to its heritage by opting for traditional tweeds in modernised shapes.
WALL London's Design Director, Judith Balcazar explains the importance of plaid's history: "The Lord Chancellor sits in The House of Lords to this day, on a sack stuffed with wool to show the importance of the wool industry in Britain’s affairs. In fact - wool exports paid for Richard the Lionheart's ransom to the Saracens. So the British know a thing or two about wool. As far as plaid goes, this print style goes back as far as 100 BC, created by ancient Celts. Worn by Royalty and on ceremonial occasions, yet used by punks and anti-establishment groups, it still represents more than a style trend. It is one of the few fabrics that have a powerful sociological history."
The Gaelic translation of plaid is ‘blanket’, and these tartan cloths are constantly being reinvented to give it a new lease of life. This AW13, it has been reworked in amazing autumnal shades of forest green, burgundy and deep purple.
Surprisingly versatile, this wool fabric is easy to work with your existing wardrobe. Match with classic black separates or get into the tartan swing with head-to-toe checks.
Our English Heritage Jacket and matching skirt is the perfect example of how you can go mad for plaid – with each individual piece looking as great on their own as they do together. The dusty-grey jacket features a form-flattering kicktail back – perfect for sculpting the body, and the skirt falls to a great length – just below the knee for a truly feminine silhouette.
Another update on this traditional haberdashery fabric is WALL’s Plaid Long Pencil Skirt – a sophisticated, rich-purple take on heritage combined with clean lines. Its classic length, side zip and elasticated back panel make it as comfortable as it is on-trend.
"At WALL London, we use a weavers steeped in history, nestled in a small valley in the North of England in rustic stone buildings. The skill and craftsmanship they bring to our plaids make them truly outstanding fabrics," Judith continues. "Any weaver in a large factory in China or Asia can copy a plaid pattern, what they absolutely cannot copy is the look and feel of a true English plaid made by a master craftsman. This fabric will stay in your wardrobe for years and never truly go out of fashion. If there was ever a fabric that you could use to look simultaneously elegant, fashionable and a little daring – it is plaid."
Designed to keep you warm as well, these plaid pieces will see you right through the colder months; effortless elegance, a winter-warmer and super on-trend.