Wednesday 21 February 2018

Darren Kennedy: Grown-up gingham


House of Holland Spring/Summer 2017
House of Holland Spring/Summer 2017
Model Hailey Baldwin
Bumble & Bumble Grooming Crème
Christopher Kane gingham midi skirt, €765
Floral print gingham tunic, €49.95 Zara
Mixed gingham print shirt, €45 River Island

The chic check has come a long way since Judy Garland.


Gone are the days when gingham was only seen on school uniforms. For spring/summer 2017, the check has been elevated to cult style status. Classic red, navy, yellow and green provide a healthy dollop of grown-up gingham for summer. Henry Holland leads the charge, giving gingham a whole new lease of life. House of Holland's catwalk was full of clashing colours with an Iberian influence.

Gingham ruffled layer dresses with distinct flamenco vibes were presented alongside crop tops and matching trousers for head-to-toe gingham style. Pringle of Scotland presented the print on sleek slip dresses, while Peter Pilotto's take was covered with patches. Elsewhere, gingham was overlaid with florals on bomber jackets and summer dresses.


It’s easier to incorporate gingham into your wardrobe than you might think.

Team a pretty gingham dress with a pair of your favourite high-top Converse trainers for a feminine but modern look.

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Model Hailey Baldwin

Hailey Baldwin, above, is cementing her position as a fashion darling in this floaty Fendi dress. 

The gentle silhouette is contrasted with thigh-high red boots to keep the look current - perfect for 20-year-old Hailey, who’s been making a mark with her sartorial choices.


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Irish Independent

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