Style Picks

In The Mood For Preppy Checks & Grids For Spring

Life's a picnic in concisely pretty new grids

Photo by Hamin Lee

Louis Vuitton Bag, Saint Laurent Paris Sunglasses, $330 and Aldo Shoes, $100; Photo by Hamin Lee

Marc Jacobs had the French artist Daniel Buren transform the Louvre into one of his signature striped-and-gridded installations as a backdrop for the sea of optic-nerve tingling checks the designer sent down the runway. Buren’s stripes are always 8.7 centimetres wide, but, while precise, his work has a lo-fi, hand-done warmth. Ditto these contrasting squares making us turn angular cartwheels right now. Sure, it’s a bit mod, but it’s also Q*bert and Rubik’s Cubes, old quilts, and a kind but formal man’s shirt who surprises you by offering his shoulder to lean on when you need it. It’s a straightforward print when one compares it to the overwrought digitizations popularized in years past. Reminiscent of gingham red-and-white picnic blankets with an overlay of high-fashion gloss, the look is crying out for first thaw and those precious sun-dappled days of spring. It’s as though the structured grids are offering a sure path to the warmer—and prettier—months ahead.

Asos skirt, $80, asos.com.

Photo by Brian Sano

Photo by Brian Sano

Michael Kors blazer, michaelkors.com.

Blue and white checkered Fendi bag

Fendi bag, fendi.com.

Photo by Brian Sano

Photo by Brian Sano

Marni shirt, $895, net-a-porter.com.

Photo by Brian Sano

Photo by Brian Sano

Louis Vuitton jacket and skirt, louisvuitton.com.

Marble trapezoid

Kelly Wearstler Marble Trapezoid, $990, kellywearstler.com.

Photo by Brian Sano

Photo by Brian Sano

Kenneth Jay Lane bracelet, $70, (877) 953-5264.

Photo by Brian Sano

Photo by Brian Sano

Michael Kors t-shirt, $685, michaelkors.com.

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Saint Laurent Paris sunglasses, $330, Eye Candy Toronto.

Daniel Buren's Les Trois Cabanes Eclatées; Photo by Getty Images

Daniel Buren’s Les Trois Cabanes Eclatées; Photo by Getty Images

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