Checks, Plaids and Argyles Populate Manhattan Streets

By Patrick Michael Hughes on January 19, 2012 11:42am 

MANHATTAN — Checks, plaids and argyles are providing a burst of color and pattern in the city's streets this winter. These textiles have been on the rise for a few seasons, as the key messages in heritage based looks, textured fabrics and masculine dressing.

The New York pre-fall 2012 collection by Tracy Reese featured bold buffalo checks worn with stripes, and Derek Lam showed showed subtle grey plaid outerwear, styled with shiny gold Oxfords.

Street Chic also spotted interesting contrasts and combinations, such as earth tone checked nylon jackets paired with shiny patent leather shoulder bags, or bold, red and navy buffalo checks with a chevron down vest.

Silhouettes were in the form of lushly draped capes, fitted double-breasted coats, and field jackets with country touches. 

A stand-out look in tartans and checks was in the form of hats, ranging from tailored red and gray wool pork pie hats to jaunty plaid caps. The best argyles were wool tights worn with short skirts and flats, or very long boots. 

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