Traditional Brit-style checks and plaids never seem to go out of fashion. They always seem to be there, classic, demure and somewhat in the background. Not so going forward! Plaid-clad fashionistas have been spotted everywhere this season, in London, Stockholm, Paris and New York. And judging by the fall/winter 2017/18 designer collections we can expect to see everyone and everything going mad for plaid next fall.

Shoes, bags and scarves will jump on the plaid bandwagon, but plaid watchbands are a bit more unusual. No longer.  Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot has teamed up with Italia Independent turning their Classic Fusion model into trend-right checks and plaid versions. They will be introduced at Baselworld, the annual international trade fair for watches and fine jewelry taking place in Basel in March.

1. London Street/IMAXtree 2. Hublot/Italia Independent

 Jackets and matching scarves in colourful Highland plaids inspire a watchband.

3. London Street/IMAXtree 4. Hublot/Italia Independent

Traditional black and white hounds tooth checks are a new again look for fall overcoats. Next season there will be a watch to match

5. Stockholm Street/Imaxtree 6. Hublot/Italia independent

Prince of Wales checks expand their use from strictly man-tailored to a new, soft, feminine suit silhouette with longer hemlines. Again, there will be a watch in the same mood

7. Florence Street/IMAXtree

It’s time to think of plaids and checks as modern mix ‘n match patterns, in bold colours or black and white. Image/Imaxtree.