Gingham is the sugary alternative to the plaid shirt. It's the summer school dress, cartoon cow girls and the '50s housewife staring across her sink out over rows of white fences and neat children playing nicely. But at Jil Sander SS12 gingham shrugs off its past to become the fabric of choice, the coolest of the cool for a 2012 summer don't you know. Fashion's cyclical nature sees it wheeled back around by Raf Simons and steered straight into our hearts and here's hoping, our wardrobes.
The checks may rub against past connotations, but muted by a layer of organza the skirt is minty fresh, in every sense. But it's a tricky little fabric to get right. Too much of it paired with a collar and you look like you've been let out of the playground early. The pink Jason Wu knit adds a little Grandma-chic into the mix and worn braless it's a poppy, brave little jumper with attitude. With loosely tucked up hair and flat Superga sneakers instead of heels, the look is relaxed and young. It's a look that calls for wandering the city, looking for adventures in the concrete and swelling crowds.