Plaid perfect

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Oct 2017 12:14:41


By manish mishra,

Tartan seems to be the major trend for Resort 2018...

esigners across the board have toyed with the classic plaid this season. Fendi sent out a pantsuit in grey checks and Louis Vuitton flirted with it in edgy pattern and texture. Joseph sent out a slouchy PJ set in check and Acne Studios showcased a double breasted jacket worn with a pair of printed trousers. Oscar De Le Renta sent out two looks in plaid -- a shift and a jumpsuit, Monse reimagined a pantsuit in a menswear fabric. What is it about tartan which makes it such a favourite with designers season after season? Besides, the question is -- will it have takers in India?We ask the designers...

Not practical
Designer Arpita Mehta doesn’t see it working well in India. “Internationally, yes. We don’t use that fabric. Also, in terms of practicality, I don't see it working. We’re done with checks and stripes even though they say it’s trending,” says Arpita.
Designer Payal Singhal who’s doing check embroidery sees Madras checks making a comeback. “In general, checks are going to be big in Indian fashion. The panelled check shirts are being worn by fashionistas. The trend will be around for sure,” says she.
Designer Pria Kataaria Puri who’s a plaid fan herself, recalls that as a kid, she wore tartan kilts. “However, I don’t see it becoming big in India. Maybe the fashionistas would warm up to it. Personally, I’d love to own a plaid jacket and trousers,” says she.

New dimension
Designer Surily Goel sees the classic checks taking a new dimension now. “Tartan has been coming in and out over the last few seasons. I see it doing well in the resort space,” she says. Designer Sonali Pamnani of the label The Meraki Project observes that individuals are experimenting with newer colours in plaid domain. “It’ll be a major Resort 18 trend,” she quips. Sonali is flirting with checks in pastel tones and lighter fabrics.