For Spring Summer 2014 Lyle & Scott have introduced the houndstooth contemporary collection, a modern re-working of an age-old pattern first woven in wool in the Scottish Lowlands centuries ago.
This season, our design team have again turned to the extensive Lyle & Scott archive for inspiration, uncovering a timeless print with enduring appeal.
The houndstooth check pattern consists of alternating black and white tooth-like graphic shapes, referencing the traditional houndstooth weave made with alternating bands of four dark and four light threads woven in a simple 2:2 twill, two over/two under the warp, advancing one thread each pass.
The pattern itself has a storied history, having historically been a popular choice for sport coats and other casual clothing, as well as the signature pattern of the deerstalker cap so proudly sported by Sherlock Holmes in illustrations and portrayals of the fictional crime detective.
Despite the decidedly dated ‘art direction’ of the 1970s look-book shots above, the graphic, eye-catching houndstooth pattern Lyle & Scott pioneered years ago still packs a punch today. Rather than underwear, Lyle & Scott have emblazoned this updated statement print on well-cut tees, smart polos and a chunky hoodie.
These styles make for summer staples that won’t break the bank. Layer them up for a pattern-clash that’s sure to get you noticed, or team with plain separates to make this print the fashionable focal point.