On the Catwalk: Checks, Stripes, ​and Tweed for A/W2018

We may not even be out of the winter months for 2017/18, but fashion is forever looking forward and so are we. As we await the trends to walk down the global catwalks commencing with New York Fashion week this week, we look to trend predictions for the future seasons. Checks, stripes, and tweed are cold month classics and they will be back big style for 2018/19, but how will they be worn?


A Yang Li look for Pre Fall 2018, showcasing how tartan can be romanticised and feminised with lace.

Yang Li – Pre Fall 2018 – Vogue

Pre Fall 2018 collections can give us a great indication of what is to come. Yang Li is one of many designers that have clearly established the fact fashion’s favourite, checks will be making an appearance. Pigmented checks are perfect for Autumn/ Winter 2018/19: rich autumnal hues of berry, navy, mustard, oatmeal, and creams are key colours. Flannel weights of cotton and polyester with mid to large scale plaids are preferred and should be layered where possible. The above outfit shows how the heavy, dark fabric is feminised and romanticised with lace. As mentioned in our previous trend guide, Weightless Lace is another trend set to stay. The checks are best when teamed with different fabrications for fall. Leather is an ideal textile to team with the tweeds be it panels or patchwork. Patchwork is perfect for this trend!


A Carven look from their pre fall 2018 collection with marble striped harem pants, handkerchief hem shirt and a ribbed jumper in earthy hues.

Carven – Pre Fall 2018 – Vogue

Stripes see a new style this season. Marbles lines achieve optical effects in the most subtle way possible. Irregular and meandering, woven textures work best for this look. Carven have shown us the perfect colourway for this style in their Pre-Fall 2018 collection. Sea blues, pastel yellow, mocha-grey and ivory exercise a relaxed mood that is reflected in the loose fit of the elasticated harem pant. Again layering is ideal for the striped style. Carven have styled their designs desirably with a handkerchief hem shirt with contrasting stripes in different directions, and cuffed turtleneck jumper with a striped rib knit in an earthy hue that is sticking with the natural feel.


A Preen look from their Pre Fall 2018 collection with argyle pattern in a patchwork panel style. Layering is key here with a matching jumper and a skirt and dress combination.

Preen – Pre Fall 2018 – Vogue

Preen has also adopted the layered, relaxed approach to this trend. Sticking to their traditional argyle pattern, Preen has achieved a patchwork appearance in their pre-fall collection through the use of paneling. The brand has stuck to autumnal tones of grey, black, mocha-cream, and have warmed these with yellow highlights. Yellow is a key colour for the coming season – so invest! Why not layer a dress over a harem tracksuit pant, and finish off the look with a matching cardigan – worn off the shoulder like Preen? A cosy blanket is a top style icon for the coming cold months, so don’t be afraid of comfort and warmth for fall/winter 2018/19 at least, they ARE fashion’s friend.


A classic Chanel look for their pre fall 2018 collection with vintage houndstooth tweed in a sailor style, nautical outfit.

Chanel – Pre Fall 2018 – Vogue

Vintage tweed is another subsection of this trend and is sure to never go out of style. Chanel is the number one example of tweed’s classic and timeless attributes. The brand somehow has managed to mix this with their nautical theme for Pre Fall 2018. Classic Herringbone is a weave that Chanel has been known for since they were established over a century ago in 1910, and the fabric is particularly on trend for Winter 2018/19. Herringbone will be most stylish with a repurposed rugged character and reinterpreted in boucle. A worn, aged elegance is perfect, so go searching those charity shops!


A look from Balenziaga's Autumn/ Winter Menswear 2018 collection that combines the check trend with 90s style.Balenciaga – Autumn/Winter 2018 Menswear – Vice

The Menswear Autumn/ Winter collections are a great indication as to what we will see on the womenswear catwalks, even more so now as an increasing number of brands choose to combine their collections. As mentioned in our previous articles, the 90s are back and many of the Autumn/ Winter 2018 Menswear collections have combined the tartan – check and 90s trend to produce some amazingly androgynous, vintage looks. Balenciaga is a top player in this game and has combined many subcultures to create a brilliant streetwear style for their Autumn/ Winter 2018 Menswear collections. Panelling has been used here to modernise the muted tones of traditional patterns and the vintage cut of the clothing.


A look from The Couples 2018 Autumn/Winter collection layering a preppy check shirt under a wool oat and over a t-shirt for a casual street wear look.

The Kooples – Autumn/ Winter 2018 Menswear – Vogue

A collegiate composition of checks is a specified style for the season. The preppy style proposes a pallet of navy, red and ivory to present a new, refreshed feel. Midscale tartan is another predetermined, distinct characteristic of the pattern for autumn/ winter 2018 that has been supported by the menswear collections. The Kooples show suggested how to wear the check shirt: unbuttoned, over a faded graphic t-shirt and ripped jeans, with a wool coat layered over for that winter warmth of course.


A look from Stella McCartney's Autumn/Winter 2018 Menswear collection combining a tweed, wool coat with on-trend gingham scarf and washed grey jeans for a minimalist style.

Stella McCartney – Autumn/ Winter 2018 Menswear – Vogue

Finally, we cannot forget gingham. If like me you were dressed head to toe in every shade of gingham possible as a child, I do not blame you being cautious about this print. However, we cannot avoid that it is predicted to be a protruding player in fall 2018 fashion. Stella McCartney subtly added the weave to her Menswear Autumn/ Winter 2018/19 collection through accessorising. In this look, Stella McCartney shows how the trend can be dressed up or down, through teaming the gingham scarf with a rugged, wool, tweed coat and washed-out jeans for a smart casual, minimalist look. However, although monotone is a classic minimalist look, bright gingham is the style for next autumn/ winter. A retro mood is created through a worn and faded pallet of mustard, orange, and mocha.  


Article Written By: Jessica Lewis

Featured Image: Yang Li – Pre Fall 2018 – Vogue



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