Thursday, August 22, 2013

Where It’s At: Houndstooth

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They say that opposites attract, and I must admit I think it’s true. The fashion world seems to concur. Fall fashions will reveal a graphic combination of black and white. I love it in prints, mixed and matched. My favorite of the moment is houndstooth.

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Houndstooth is not new to fashion. I adore the way Alexander McQueen interpreted houndstooth back in 2009. This just goes to show how visionary the late Alexander McQueen was. True style transcends trends, as seen in these runway images from McQueen’s Ready to Wear collection, four years ago!

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Above, McQueen mixed houndstooth with stripes…

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McQueen played with the proportion of the pattern, head to toe.

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Above, the model wore a hubcap as a unique, urban, city-girl topper. Typical of McQueen was his use of found art integrated into the runway shows.

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McQueen celebrated the tessellations of Dutch artist M.C. Escher, in these fabulous, red, houndstooth-to-bird patterned dresses.

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The parallel between fashion and Escher’s optical illusion, “Liberation,” created in 1955, below, is pure genius.

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This type of pattern play we might never have seen if not for McQueen.

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I also love actress Nina Dobrev on the September cover of Cosmo, sporting a houndstooth sheath dress and matching shoes, which indicates that houndstooth may be worn off the runway and also in the summer. (Nina’s makeup, btw, is by one of my very favorite artists, the great Kristofer Buckle.)

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