By Chloe Malle
Say goodbye to Dorothy’s prim gingham pinafore, fashion’s favorite cheerful check has been updated on everything from Rodarte’s wasp-waist pencil skirt to Sabre’s new cutlery suite. Last season it seemed Liberty prints were on everything from napkins to nighties; this spring the rage seems to be for that beloved little check known as gingham. The word actually derives from the Malay word genngham, meaning “separate” or “ajar,” and refers to striped woven cottons native to Southeast Asia. Over years as it was imported into Europe and then produced in British mills inspired by Scottish plaids and tartans, the stripe evolved into a check, and the world hasn’t looked back since.
Now the humble check has graduated from mere picnic print and British schoolgirl uniform and is patterning everything from patent leather Larroudé slides to pastel face masks. And what more festive way to celebrate the advent of spring than with some gingham style?