Linda Evangelista in Oscar de la Renta (Vogue, 1991)
To call plaid a trend is kind of silly. It never really goes away — as it shouldn’t. Plaid, as we know, comes with many different personalities, from regal to punk. It can be so refined, yet so rugged at the same time — so wonderfully schizophrenic. 
Plaids and tartans count for some of my most loved fashion images, from Linda Evangelista high-kicking in Scotland to one of Vogue‘s loveliest covers starring the somewhat forgotten Tatjana Patitz, and, of course, Princess Diana and the Sloane Rangers (you know who they are, right?) On the other hand, plaid is associated with badasses of the world, from James Brown in the 1960s, to Vivianne Westwood and the British punks in the ’70s, to the Seattle grunge scene in the ’90s (Singles!), and fashion’s most notorious L’Enfant Terrible, the late Alexander McQueen. 
Céline nails the regal plaid this season, and beats Burberry at its own game. Comme des Garcons’ Junya Watanabe dabbles with punk nostalgia, in the undeniable Junya way. And, for us that don’t roll in golden plaid sheets, Zara brings it to the masses.
Céline F/W 2013
Tatjana Patitz (Vogue, 1989); Princess Diana (1980s)
Céline F/W 2013

Junya Watanabe F/W 2013
Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty”
Vivienne Westwood (1970s); Sarah Jessica Parker and Alexander McQueen (MET Gala, 2006)
Zara F/W 2013
What’s your favourite plaid moment? Jill Stuart and Clueless come to mind.