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Houndstooth - Then and Now

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Houndstooth Saree by Indian Designers Abraham & Thakore
Houndstooth - Then and Now
14 th Jan 2012
Abraham and Thakore pushed the envelope for houndstooth further when they used it in the iconic sari for their AW ’11 in contrasting black and metal grey. The pattern is traditionally made of woven black and white wool in the lowlands of Scotland. The distinguishing mark is the check that is broken and four pointed shapes. It resembles the jagged back teeth of hound dogs. Fashionistas have embraced it in all its avatars. From Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian to Selena Gomes, Rihaana, Gwyneth Paltrow, everybody is seen in houndstooth which establishes the fact that it is here to stay. Fashion's history with the tooth is long, starting from Chanel (in the 1980's) and more recently Dai Fujiwara (for the Issey Miyake Autumn Winter 2011 collection). Fujiwara played on the houndstooth by playing with scale and mixing it with other weave patterns to create water-like effects. Nicolas Ghesquiere also stylised the humble weave in his SS 2011 for Balenciaga when he pixelated the patterns by using sequins. Earlier popularised by Prince of Wales in early 20th century, the houndstooth check replaced the traditional tweed in the 60s in Britain. Since the 60's, this kind of check has been born again and again in different colours and materials. It was traditionally used for outerwear like coats, blazers and jackets and eventually found place in dresses, skirts, handbags and other trendy styles.

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