Gingham can be reminiscent of picnic blankets and tablecloths blowing in balmy summer breezes; of simpler life, of youth and innocence. But the classic print broke out of it’s stereotype and dominated the SS17 catwalks at House of Holland, Peter Jensen, Prada, Carolina Herrera and Altuzarra with anything but a Southern Belle attitude.
Mixed textures, psychedelic print combinations, multicolored checks, ruffles, and floor length skirts; this season’s gingham has nobody looking like Dorothy in Wizard of Oz. Redefining the fabric with contemporary cuts and colorways, it is the MVP(rint) on the scene.
I took gingham to the streets of Berlin. Featuring an open back, boxy crop and flared sleeves, this statement top checks (ha) all my favorite details without being superfluous. I paired it with raw white denim and slides to keep the look more urban than pin-up.
Choosing black and white over the retro red/green/blue checks modernizes the fabric and makes pieces more versatile. Where red gingham can end up looking a little country bumpkin, black gingham gives off a foolproof cool vibe pretty much anywhere.
Photography: Paula Werdnik
Below is a little compilation of my favorite black and white gingham pieces. I can only encourage rediscovering this print for yourself this summer.