[ out of checks and balances ]

Checkered prints in black, white, and grey are a notable graphic trend from fall/winter 2016-2017 fashion week.  Admittedly, there is nothing particularly novel about plaid and check patterns for fall, whether in vibrant or muted shades.  What distinguishes our treatment of this classic pattern in the fall of 2016 is all in the execution as the preppiest of preppy codes gets redefined.  Alexander Wang mixed tweed checks with metal-pierced leather and wrapping around thighs where old-fashioned garters would be (see last image.)  Throughout the entire collection he “deliberately opposes standard definitions of beauty and taste.”  Here, I didn’t go quite as far in corrupting the checkered print.  The exposed décolletage and midriff was my adaptation of the rebellious motif.  I think the suspense and surprise of fashion is in reshaping the status quo to reflect “you.”

Wearing: Kaelen skirt, A.L.C. top, Saint Laurent bag, Manolo Blahnik sandals, Van Der Bauwede bracelet

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