Fashion: How tweed has been transformed from fuddy-duddy to uber-cool
Tweed was very much in evidence on this season's catwalks but with a very modern twist. Katie Wright shares her top picks of what's available on the high street
IT'S fair to say that in fashion, if Alexander Wang is doing something then it's definitely cool, so when he declares that tweed is cool again, you'd better believe it.
That's right, the fabric traditionally beloved of country types (and Madonna circa the mid-noughties) has been given a stylish city makeover by Wang, who had hot pink tweed mini skirts and oversized black and white jackets as part of his collection at this year's New York Fashion Week. Tweed also featured on the catwalks of Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Prada and Miu Miu.
The trend is about rethinking a traditional textile and styling it in a modern way. A roomy jacket is a quick win and looks cool paired with faded denim and trainers – mix sporty elements with your tweed to bring it up to date.
Try a tweed mini skirt or dress teamed with a roll-neck or body top – frayed detailing adds a punky edge.
For this season at least, Chanel-esque cropped jackets should take a back seat in favour of boxy, tomboyish pieces accessorised with chunky boots and studded leather bags.
And there are plenty of those on the high street. Here's our pick of the new tweed crop...