It seems that the plaid trend is here to stay. Since last year, these chic pieces of clothing are everywhere you turn. Style bloggers can’t get enough of them, celebrities include plaid in all of their outfits and designers keep presenting them on high-end runway shows. If you thought that the plaid craze was about to die down, we’re happy to inform that 2018 will also be the year of this fun print. Flip through the pictures below to get inspiration on how to style these pieces this spring.
Make room in your closet for many plaid blazers this spring. Feel free to experiment with colors, patterns, and styles.
Balenciaga debuted their Spring/Summer 2018 campaign, inspired by paparazzi shots. The fashion house took it to Instagram to reveal their authentic ad material for the new collection. All of the shots were taken by real French paparazzi. Balenciaga collaborated with Agence Bestimage, which is, in fact, the French version of Getty Images.
The Spring/Summer 2018 collection is in Demna’s recognizable statement style. You can feel a throwback vibe in the looks, mixed with logomania and vibrant colors. Lotta Volkova is Demna’s long-term collaborator and the styling guru behind the looks. Although we are months away from spring, in the fashion world it’s already time to think about spring trending pieces. The plaid fabric is going to continue its reign during the warmer months, seen in many different colors, styles, and combinations. Everyone’s favorite Knife Pumps are upgraded with spikes for an even fiercer appearance.
Balenciaga’s celebrity models are trying to hide their faces from the paps by using the brand’s latest chic bags. Each one of them carries a different one, perfectly combined with the contemporary outfits. Most of the handbags are available in striking colors and prints such as green, magenta, and orange. The brand’s logo is plastered all over the accessories, which points out to another season full of logomania.
The infamous fashion house tapped a diverse cast of models, including Dipti Sharma, Eliza Douglas, Stella Tennant, Kennah Lau, Alek Wek, Raphaele Godin and her son, Marjitta Nissinen, and Christine Willis. The ladies are trying to get their way between the crowd of photographers while wearing Balenciaga’s ultra-stylish pieces from the brand’s new collection. Shot in front of two Balenciaga store locations at Rue Saint-Honore and Avenue Montaigne, the ads were strategically set at the busiest spots that are always crowded with paparazzi. It’s almost like seeing Kendall Jenner or Gigi Hadid leaving the brand’s store after a shopping spree.
The full collection will be released in stores on February 25. Until then you can visit balenciaga.com to pre-order your favorites. This is not the first time that celebs and pap shots have served as an inspiration for a campaign. Back in 1991, for the September issue of Italian Vogue, Tim Walker captured his models while they were hiding their faces with handbags. Another legend, Steve Meisel adopted a similar approach for Vogue in 2005. In that photo shoot, he wanted to deliver the message that celebrities are regular people just like all of us. Gvasalia is a passionate admirer of the past decades, so aside from taking design inspiration from the past, he also relied on those times for the campaign.
Photo Credit: @balenciaga/Instagram
We’ve finally come to a time when fashion accepted gender fluidity. There is less of the “women’s fashion is only for women, and men’s fashion is only for men”. These days most of the designs you will see on ladies, you might also notice on men. And this is probably the greatest thing that’s happened in years. Plaid coats are one of the must-have items that everyone needs in their closet for the season. Females will wear them in brighter and more vibrant colors, while males will probably stay in the comfort zone and rock shades such as black, gray, camel, burgundy, and olive green. GQ’s creative director Jim Moore leads gentlemen how to rock this statement piece of clothing in this video below.
Moore is already determined to make you crave for a plaid coat. The fashionista thinks that it will upgrade your style this season. According to him, you should treat it just like a camel coat. And for all the men out there who are afraid of this pattern he has an important message. The plaid coats are extremely versatile and will make a huge difference in your outfit.
“Be bold, or go home! This is the plaid coat. What I love about plaid coats, is that it’s going to become your signature for fall.”- Jim recommends.
Instead of going with the already safe choice such as parka or puffer, it is time to rock a good coat. The plaid coat will be a great addition to your closet for all possible occasions. The only place where you can’t wear plaid coats is in the gym. Office style will look much better thanks to a confident plaid coat. And if you want to update your casual style, this is the ideal piece. The best thing is that you can also rock it with sneakers and jeans.
Also, there are many options within the range of every budget. Zara is one of the affordable brands that offer high-quality clothing items. You can snatch a great coat under $200 during the holiday sales. And if you want to go with a high-end option, every single luxury brand offers stylish plaid coats. All you need to do is decide on the color and pattern that will fit your personal style. Just like with women’s fashion, the gentleman this season will be wearing fierce maximalist pieces. So step out of your comfort zone and buy a coat that stands out. In the sea of boring clothes, you don’t need to be another ordinary dressed person.
Tomas Maier presented a trendy Pre-Fall 2018 collection for his eponymous brand. The designer is an expert for fashionable everyday pieces. He takes the aesthetics of essential clothing items to a whole new level. Maier brings a sophisticated, modern twists to separates and dresses by adding his recognizable vibe.
Many designers are adopting the trend of releasing two separate drops from their collections. Tomas is another one of those, who always thinks about his customers. According to Maier people don’t enjoy buying clothes ahead of time. That is the main reason why he decided to divide his Pre-Fall 2018 line into two releases.
The first one will be available in stores around the middle of May and June. That is the time when we are searching for laid-back designs that go with the warm weather. It will offer all of the summer essentials that a trendy lady needs. The collection preview started with simple one-piece swimsuits. They were paired with trendy outwear items, perfect for cold nights. As an addition to the beach-ready combos, Maier also presented pre-fall dresses. In the first drop, fans will be able to shop chic pleated dresses, done in vibrant colors and fun fabrics.
Somewhere around the middle of the lookbook, Maier’s designs take a different turn. That is the second part of the pre-fall collection that is much closer to autumn. There you will see two dominant patterns: gingham and plaid. Tomas made them a part of suits, jackets, shirts, and skirts. This segment of the collection radiates a cozy, warm vibe.
Some of the sweaters feature phrases such as “Escape” and “Time off”. This way Maier offers a sweet escape to the customers thanks to these fashionable designs.
“Escape is kind of our motto. If you can’t get away, you should have clothes that give you that feeling.”- Tomas explained during the showroom presentation.
Unlike most brands that pushed the logomania trend for next year, Maier decided not to involve any logos whatsoever. He stayed close to his brand’s aesthetics and the simplistic designs with subtle detailing. Tomas Maier is also the creative director of Bottega Veneta, that sells luxury designs at high prices. His brand is much more affordable, but also offers fashionable looks. The inexpensive character of his fashion house is not the only reason behind its popularity. His work is so good that it’s hard to pass on the statement suits or chic outwear. We expect many more amazing collections from this mastermind.
Photo Credit: Tomas Maier
Plaid is no longer just for lumberjacks and school girls. It’s for every gender, body type, and skin color. The classic red plaid may not be for everyone, but a navy, white, or tan plaid might be more your style!
Tired of wearing a plaid shirt around your waist, a la 90s style? Try wearing plaid shoes, accessories, or a backless shirt! Regardless of whether you’re a plaid lover or new to the style altogether, we found a shape, color, and style that works for you!
This plaid print may be subtle but the hemline is not!