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Runway Alert: Denim and Plaid

This isn’t your lumberjack play on denim and plaid. Designers are updating the iconic combination with vibrant pops of color and pointed design directions for Fall ’18.

Versace followed up its nostalgic Spring ’18 collection that celebrated the signature prints of founder Gianni Versace with more archival designs, this time tartan. The edgy collection revisited the luxury house’s high voltage ’80s plaid—in blue, red and yellow—and paired it with a mix of both western and valley girl styling.

Frayed black denim button-down shirts and high-waisted jeans were mashed up with insets of multi-colored plaid, accented with gold hardware and studs. The look was pulled together by a belt with an opulent gilded buckle—a hybrid of Versace’s Medusa logo and western tooling. And if there was any question that the ’90s is back, Versace sent models dressed in black denim shirts, plaid mini-skirts and knee-high socks à la Cher Horowitz from the cult film “Clueless.”

Patchwork plaid and flannel brought a preppy, cozy look to Au Jour Le Jour’s cropped jeans. The mixed media jeans were part of the Italian label’s line of inside-out jeans. Jeans featured exposed denim pocket bags and labels.

Designer Serafia Sama of the label Isa Arfen complemented plaid taffeta peplum tops with jeans with a contrasting plaid cuff. The look was tied together with a prim ribbon belt. The brand also paired cropped cuffed jeans with voluminous taffeta tunics and added plaid knee patches to jeans.

Plaid outerwear and denim was also a go-to combination on the runway. Moschino layered a sleeveless denim jacket over a plaid blazer and jean button-down shirt. Each x Other pulled colors from a traditional fall plaid and translated it into an ombré jean jacket. Meanwhile, Balenciaga layered wide jean jackets over quilted plaid hoodies in a jarring color palette of blue, red and acid green.