This is the saga of a country-cousin staple that came to town in a big way. This season soft tweeds, with their subtle or strong mixes of colors and patterns, have become the chic city fabric. Just a look around a packed luncheon at the packed Waldorf-Astoria ballroom in New York last week proved the tweed takeover.
It seemed that every other woman was wearing a colorful tweed suit or jacket. Meanwhile, women are looking stylish in restaurants and at private dinner parties wearing short dinner dresses, often strapless, but unexpectedly made from the boldest of patterned tweeds.
Credit for this hearty cloth -- long associated with country life -- becoming a city fashion goes to Karl Lagerfeld at the House of Chanel in Paris, to the couturier Christian Lacroix and to the New York dress designer Bill Blass, who designed the tweed dinner dress.