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Published: 7 Jan 2015

Pre-Fall 2015: Checked Out

Derek Lam, Sachin & Babi, Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2015

Checks were a dominant trend in the Pre-Fall 2015 presentations, with digitally mastered windowpane checks providing the most directional update.

Creating graphic appeal, sharp, wide checks are applied to casual outerwear – where they looked newest – and dresses. Checks also transform classic trouser suits into striking digital grids – offering appeal for the contemporary market.

New York-based design team Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia drew inspiration from architectural blueprints, with grids playing a major role in their collection. Whether laser-cut into coats or layered over surrealist cloud prints, graphic black grid lines update the classic check design.

Derek Lam also explored minimalist grids, with single and double-lined patterns – worn together – adding a graphic dimension to the American designer’s casual-luxe collection. Prabal Gurung’s similarly graphic check lines update colour-blocked sweaters.

Elsewhere, plaids and tartans featured, with House of Holland and Roland Mouret showing how to adapt the classic patterns with new, bold colour palettes, while Fendi offered an eye-popping array of directional coloured checks.