Make mine a madras

De­sign­ers look to the light­weight check from In­dia for sum­mer smarts, whether clas­sic or avant garde

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

Madras cloth, which takes its name from the colonial name of the In­dian city of Chen­nai where it was first home-spun, started life as the cloth of the sub­con­ti­nent’s peas­ant class. The fab­ric be­came a sta­tus sym­bol in the US dur­ing the 1930s be­cause only Amer­i­cans wealthy enough to af­ford over­seas hol­i­days dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion had ac­cess to the ma­te­rial. De­sign­ers’ in­ter­pre­ta­tions this sea­son have given the cloth great va­ri­ety. Cut into a dou­ble-breasted sum­mer suit—as seen at Dun­hill—it looks as dev­il­ishly dashing as Brideshead’s Se­bas­tian, while Raf Si­mons’ ca­sual plaid shirts evoke nos­tal­gia for post-war Amer­ica. How­ever you choose to wear it, the fab­ric is chic and light­weight— per­fect for the sum­mer months.

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