Friday, September 5, 2008

Ain't Nothin' but a Houndstooth!

Houndstooth Redux: Scottish in origin [also called guncheck, dogtooth, or four-and-four check], this fabric is so named because its pattern is reminiscent of the jagged back teeth of a hound. The familiar print, which debuted on clothing in the 1930s, is now limited neither to basic black and white, nor to menswear-inspired items! Look at the clever sequined dress designs showcased on the Ashish N Soni runway.
Marc by Marc Jacobs

Credits: photos via unless otherwise stated.
This pair courtesy
houndstooth dress and matching scarf,
via Paris Vogue
CC is loving Carolina Herrera's checked cape (left) and floral-lined duster (below)!

Cynthia Steffe
guncheck suit
Note the green booties and blue cloche - fabulous!
Colorful accessories are a must with a black and white houndstooth pattern!
Junya Watanabe,
Esmod via Italian Vogue
Two looks of similar length and style, but with very different vibes: a sheer lined houndstooth dress from (right) and a double breasted trench (below) from

Houndstooth toppers are hot for fall!
J. Crew Galassia jacket, currently 60 percent off at!
Soia & Kyo
belted coat,

CC loves the pale pattern and wide belt!
Btw, this fab topper also comes in espresso and black!
Oscar de la Renta suit.
Go Inter-national at Target blouse and skirt; these pieces are wallet-friendly at less than thirty dollars each - and they look so great as separates too!
Dior patent trim dress,

at Bergdorf GoodmanGet the above Dior look for less!

This Newport News houndstooth sheath is just $49 at
Zac Posen silk organza blouse,

CC loves the subtlety of the pattern here!
Digital houndstooth chiffon top,
$17.80 at forever21.comInfuse some color and channel fall’s ladylike glamour with this D&G pencil skirt,
at eLuxury.comFor the gents (or for a chic menswear look!):
Peckham Rye houndstooth silk tie, at
J. Crew English hounds-tooth vest
Forever 21 offers an adorable and affordable houndstooth scarf, and it comes in six different colors!
Mayle tote, $150 at
This adorable clutch comes in 3 shades and it’s just $5.80 at!
Limited Edition shoulder bag,
$19.99 at target.comFOOTWEAR

Jean Paul Gaultier
t-strap pump,
at shopbop.comSteal:
Houndstooth Gilly tie-closure open toe cut-out pump,

Last but not least:

How hunting chic are these knee-high Gaultier houndstooth boots?


myriam said...

I love this print so much!!

Penny said...

ohhh i love this pattern. i had a black and white wool hounds tooth coat a couple of years ago but lost it :( booo!
i adore those dresses

WendyB said...

Again, I love so many of these. Here's something I've been admiring on eBay:

Anthea said...

Love it! Are you excited for New York Fashion Week???!!! I can't wait to see what comes :)

Dapper Kid said...

Yum, houndstooth is perfect for autumn and winter :) I do love the pink shoes!

Emily said...

that jcrew coat that's on sale is adorable! i'm scared that 60% off won't be quite enough though...

CoutureCarrie said...

Hello darlings!!

Myriam - me too :)

Penny: time for a replacement piece!

Wendy B - That Anne Fontaine jacket is exquisite - love the raw edged hem!!

Anthea: yes, I am tooooootally psyched to see what's in store for spring from NYC :)

DK: aren't those awesome?

Emily: I insist you treat yourself - it's only $149.99!

Thanks for all your comments and have a fashionable weekend!


lisa said...

The Soia & Kyo coat is lovely.


"cada beso bautizado
crea nuevas primaveras
donde nace y donde muere
una rosa verdadera."...!?...for you...wonderful girl! fashion is also...poetry!

Ida said...

Now that's classics at their best.

Keep up the fantastic work, dearest CC.


Jennifer Ramos said...

Hi CC,
You can go ahead and add me to the ART and crafts portion. : ) Thanks!
I will add you as well!

Jen Ramos
'100% Recycled DESIGNER Cards & More'

LEESH said...

i struggle with houndstooth just because SO MANY stores have super cheap versions of it- the only way I can wear it now is if it's made out of high quality material- or else i end up feeling like some skater girl with a hurley shirt. yuck.

Lisa said...


really loving that mayle bag.


Dana said...

Awesome, I've just bought a pair of red and black flats with that print! I love it!

hugodeco said...

tres joli, bonjour de belgique

The Seeker said...

I like this houndstooth print very much (we call it pied the poule).
It's a classic and so stylish. And I like the "new" way, just not b+w.
You brought us great pieces, thanks for sharing.


luf said...

Thank you very much!!!!!!!!


atelier said...

I can't stand that print. Zara was so full of that last season that now, I cannot help but hate it! Maegan said...

love the original black and white pattern paired with a bold color yellow or fuchsia.

Melissa said...

I tried making a hounds tooth jacket once, but I eventually gave up hope. I'd rather buy one of these beauties.

Hunters Glory said...

Love the length of the first dresses....not big on plaid but it works on some these very nicely.

btw...slap that dress on you loved so much in my post and get yourself on the runway!


mapiuska said...

me encantan la pata de gallo en todas sus versiones y colores,
Que ganas tengo de que haga frio para poder empezar a usar abrigos
un besito

Aliena said...

I love those Gilly shoes!!! In Spanish we call this print "pata de gallo" i.e. chicken leg, not so glamorous, heheheh

LCL said...

aah houndstooth!
I've seen it everywhere and must get some in the form of a dress or jacket

I got my feathers from Ben Franklin they have a grrrreat feather selection

enc said...

I just love houndstooth. I can't remember the last time I had any.

Anonymous said...

marc jacobs blown-up houndstooth is phenomenal. i am still totally in love with it. <3

miss large said...

Schoes are the best.

The Storialist said...

Those boots are so darn cute!! I love it. I didn't know it was also called "gun check"--somehow, very appropriate.

Thanks for all the great images and descriptions.

Krissy said...


Lil Midget said...

Pretty cool! Pretty cool!

LuLu124 said...

awww thank you for the comment CC, i had a wonderful vacation!!! :D this post is GORGEOUS -as usual ;))) i absolutely LOVE the houndstooth print, i remember when i was little my mom had something of this pattern and even at that time i was wondering what the name for it was!!! xD xoxo, lulu ♥

Miranda said...

i love houndstooth so much but i have so little of it in my closet! great post. love the shoes, as usual!

Wendy said...

Yep, I need a plaid skirt.

Anonymous said...

I don't mind big coloured (i.e not b&w) houndstooth prints but some of the smaller black and white prints make my brain spaz out so I can't look at them. Which is a shame because they can be so chic!

Danz said...

Great theme and totally fabulous selection of items CC!

Houndstooth is one of my favourite patterns - I have yet to see a houndstooth item I didn't like.

Thanks so much for your wonderful compliment and feedback on my shoes sweetie! I've decided to leave the shoes they way they are.

Also, I definitely look forward to seeing a Spring 2009 ABC post! You'll do an excellent job with that as well, I'm sure.

Take care and have a great weekend darling :)

TRISH said...

Omg. I love Houndstooth prints. :)

Mrs.French said...

the vest please...actually, the man in the vest isn't too bad either.

The Clothes Horse said...

Oooh, I love the exaggerate houndstooth pieces!

Sharon Rose said...

Hi there-I love the chiffon take on this trend, lovely!! I also have the forever 21 scarfs in pink and purple!!

ivoreece said...

The gray coat looks very cute!

Did you remove the link to my blog?... :(

Annie said...

Cuteness cuteness cuteness! Love it!

Tia said...

I have a coat in this print. It's very cool. =D

My Fashion Frenzy said...

The runway loves this print lately. Interesting. =)

miss_B said...

When I was a little girl my mum had lots of houndstooth printed blazers, and I hated them .... but now I've changed my mind, it's cool!!

Sunniva said...

I've got a love/hate relationship to this pattern. I have a houndstooth dress, and some days I hate it while other days I love it. It's so strange! But I love the way you present this pattern, you have such fabulous posts, dear.


A World in a PAN said...

We used to call this fabric "pied de poule" and the larger print "pied de coq" (after the print of a hen or rooster foot). Whatever the name, it's "indemodable", i.e. something that does not go out of fashion.

A World in a PAN said...

We used to call this fabric "pied de poule" and the larger print "pied de coq" (after the print of a hen or rooster foot). Whatever the name, it's "indemodable", i.e. something that does not go out of fashion.

Songy said...

I would like that in a man's long jacket, tailored. CC you are such a guru. I never knew what that was called. :)

I just need to get myself a tailor somewhere in Dubai and get one made! haha I wish.

Lindsay said...

I want a a houndstooth coat!

So Stylish So Sassy said...

Incredible how this print always makes a great return!

Btw, did you want to exchange links? I already added you!

aizat.cinta.goddess said...

the print is fantastic!how i wish i can pull it on my body!


This print is so...timeless!It's such a classic.Carrie I never knew how it got its name so that jewel of info was just fab for me. I love picking little fashion history style bytes along the way!
All the ones you showed were fab,really like the mens pieces you showed as well. My fave are the Ashish sequin dresses,what a genius to re-interpret the print.
Ive been wanting a houndstooth print cropped pair of pants.
chao honey!

Sasi said...

Oh my God, your blog is amazing!!! I'm gonna link you, and visit you often eheh:)

Trendy Gourmandise said...

i like it by just by touch

we wear things said...

i adore houndstooth! definitely timeless...


Shaminista said...

all this Houndstooth print is killing meeeeee!!!!!! thanks for the wrap up :-)

Carolina Lange said...

Love the print! Another amazing post!

Little Bow Prep said...

Oh, I love houndstooth!

The Soia & Kyo coat is fab, and I adore the dress by Dior!

The sheath from Newport News is super inexpensive, cute, and therefore awesome.

Awesome post!

Mrs. C said...

houndstooth love! they're classy and fab, i especially like the first dress in the post! =D

Fashion_Girl22 said...

I'm in love with houndstooth. I hated it at firt, and only thought it was for little kids. But now, I'm in love with it.

B said...

Excellent collection of examples. Almost makes houndstooth look reasonably cool. Can't wait 'til the fad burns out though. Like a bat on the side of a spaceshuttle.