Black and White Plaid, Spring 09 Runways

clockwise from top left: Diane Von Furstenberg, Bernhard Willhelm, Marni,
Dries Van Noten,
Dries Van Noten, Marc Jacobs, YSL, Marni

From the runways of Paris to the parties of Portland, plaids are everywhere these days, especially the black and white variety. From left, Diane Von Furstenberg Resort 09 collection features a classic plaid on a flirty sexy dress. Bernhard Willhelm shows a piece that is so wearable and cool, I’m already at Forever 21 hunting down the knock-off. Next we come to the Marni pieces, soft and elegant. YSL, classic, naughty, and would ya look at that Palin up-do! (all the YSL girls were up-done gop-style.) Marc Jacobs uses plaid to evoke some sort of Prairie-Peasant-African look. “It was a mash-up to end all mash-ups,” says Nicole Phelps of And finally, Dries Van Noten uses a stark graphic plaid to accent a very sophisticated look. But it wasn’t just black and white plaids we are seeing everyone, it’s all colors and variations. How 90’s, how cozy! –Claudia