Runway To Real Way: Release The Hounds! Fall Houndstooth Is Finally Here

September 23, 2013 • Magazine, Runway To Real Way


Fall is officially here! And with Fashion Week and the spring ’14 shows still simmering in our minds, it’s high time we ditch the warm weather duds and start embracing the crisp, creature comforts of fall. True, many of out spring and summer pieces can easily cross over —  but the fun part of fall fashion is pulling out the luxe fabrics, rich textures and fun patterns that can really only be associated with the season, an one of the best is houndstooth. The charming love child of stripes and plaid, houndstooth was made with fuzzy scarves and warm overcoats in mind, both of which were brimming on the fall 2013 runways. So while we take our first steps into fall, take a “bite” out of a little houndstooth!

If the runways were any indication of trends to come, let’s just say black and white isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The classic color combo is season-less, timeless, and chic. You can never go wrong with choosing black and white as the backdrop for your first bold dose of houndstooth. Michael Kors got the B&W memo, showcasing a crisp, oversized version in his fall 2013 collection. We love the idea of taking the print to the extreme and found a “suit”-able everyday version in this one-button blazer by Tahari Arthur S. Levine.

Rich, vibrant reds get a second coming in rich tweeds and wools for fall. Arguably the richest jolt of jewel-toned color this season, red takes on a fresh new look when found in a houndstooth patchwork print. Oscar de la Renta always pushes the envelope in feminine, femme fatale style and his perfectly cut houndstooth suit had us seeing red in the best possible way. To achieve the same ultra flattering, cinched-in effect we opted for this Anne Klein tie front dress. The similar shades of red are just the “cherry” on top of this berry-colored look.

As a classic print, houndstooth does conjure up some images of vintage lady coats and slim cut pencil skirts, which are very Coco Chanel circa 1950’s. Like Chanel, what would houndstooth be without a little pep of pink? Libertine tried the grunge rock 90’s angle in their fall 2013 collection, pairing the long car coat silhouette with ombre hair and uneven hemlines. But we prefer the clean lines and polished buttons of this legitimately vintage Courreges coat which, though it may set you back, is sure to become an heirloom for the next generation of fashionistas. Think of it as an investment piece.

Finally, autumn is a time for harvest hues. As the leaves turn to shades of yellow, and orange and brown, it’s one of the few times of year we can really celebrate the colors of the season in our wardrobe. Designer Veronica Beard made up her models to look both cozy and stylish, clad in all the muted earth tones of the autumnal equinox. We loved the neutral tones of brown and gray paired with the splices of orange and blue for a chic, understated statement. So we were thrilled to find a similar palette in this Paul & Joe Houndstooth Wool Coat which makes a slight nod to menswear, which still being decidedly feminine and sexy.

1. Black and White Houndstooth
Runway: Michael Kors Fall 2013 RTW
Real Way: Tahari Arthur S. Levine One-Button Houndstooth Jacket, now $105

2. Red Houndstooth
Runway: Oscar de la Renta Fall 2013 RTW
Real Way: Anne Klein Tie Front Abstract Houndstooth Print Dress, $99

3. Pink Houndstooth
Runway: Libertine Fall 2013 RTW
Real Way: Courreges Vintage Houndstooth Coat, $637.93

4. Brown/Gray Houndstooth
Runway: Veronica Beard Fall 2013 RTW
Real Way: Paul & Joe Slovakia Houndstooth Wool Coat, $845

—Alia Rajput

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