But Hilfiger was far from the only brand pimping the pattern, and we’ve even noticed womenswear designers bearing their collective hounds-teeth on the catwalk this season, including Thom Browne, J. Crew, Rebecca Minkoff and, of course, Hilfiger’s womenswear show.
But perhaps the coolest use of the pattern so far this season came from a menswear designer named Asher Levine, a young New York-based designer whose work has been worn by the likes of Adam Lambert, Johnny Weir and the Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am. His fall-winter 2013 collection riffed on and re-interpreted the hounds-tooth check, using a micro-scale version on ultra-cool, effortless rocker tuxedos, trousers and lounge pants and a textured three-dimensional monochrome variation on sweatshirts and pants. Levine also managed to bring the hounds-tooth check to life, animating it like a short-winged bat in an animation sequence that played in the background during his Tuesday night fashion show.
It was hands-down the most creative and memorable take on the trend we’ve seen all week.