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Menswear designers have been pounding the tartan tom-toms for so many seasons now, plaids of every stripe have seemed to be ubiquitous. (For any doubters, we direct you to the half-pipe at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, where over the last week the U.S. snowboarding team has been shredding it up in red, white and blue plaid jackets by Burton.) Now, based on the offerings at New York Fashion Week, it looks like the plaid tidings will be with us through next fall.
Duckie Brown used it to Brit-punk effect with narrow-leg trousers, shirts and jackets in a range of tartans, while Michael Bastian's platoon of plaids struck a more rural Americana chord with red and black quilted nylon hunting jackets; double-faced red, white and blue plaid, Western-style shirts; plaid belts; plaid trousers; and even glen plaid plastered footwear (slippers made in collaboration with Stubbs & Wootton).
At Simon Spurr, a menswear label that made the move from static presentation to full-blown runway show this season, one of the sharpest-looking pieces was a smartly tailored black-and-white-check three-piece suit, pictured. And, finally, Rag & Bone, which staged separate men's and women's shows with a slacker mountaineering aesthetic, peppered with plaids — the men's with blacks, browns and greens; the women's in brighter shades of blues and reds.