Check­mate

VOGUE Australia - - VOGUE VIEWPOINT - STYLING PHILIPPA MORONEY PHO­TO­GRAPH JESSE LIZOTTE

There were once re­stric­tive dik­tats about what ging­ham could con­note: twee do­mes­tic­ity, a whole­some fem­i­nin­ity and sweetly pas­toral as­so­ci­a­tions that, frankly, lacked any enig­matic al­lure. Come re­sort ’19, it has been touched with the sea­son’s broader brush of en­er­getic rein­ven­tion. It’s the tra­di­tional un­der­cut with new think­ing: once found on po­lite 50s dresses (see Brigitte Bar­dot’s wed­ding-day sun­dress), it now pops up on so­phis­ti­cated pen­cil skirts, crisp tai­lor­ing and, for sum­mer, sleek swimwear with a touch of whimsy. It is a well-cre­den­tialled sum­mer fab­ric, af­ter all, it had its birth in tra­di­tional light­weight cot­ton and linen. It is all this and a foil for a youth­ful­ness of spirit, a mood with ap­pli­ca­tions for all age groups. Although the sweeter younger sis­ter of the brassier and bolder check, there’s noth­ing less brave about do­ing the rounds in ging­ham. Alice Bir­rell

From left: Ephe­mera bikini top, $190, and bot­toms, $125; Bec + Bridge swim­suit, $130.

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