Redefining Plaid: Issue NY’s Sleeveless Dress Inspired by Alexander McQueen’s Legacy

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I’ve never been big on plaid because it reminds me too much of private school uniforms. But for some reason, I like this sleeveless plaid dress from Issue New York (often referred to as Issue NY), a fashion brand known for its evening wear and special occasion dresses:

Issue New York Sleeveless Plaid DressIssue New York Sleeveless Plaid Dress, $46,99

Beautiful rich red shade offset by navy and metallic gold stripes. The bow on the back is a little too “wrapped Christmas gift” for me, but I find that the sexy low cutback more than compensates for that little slip-up.

I think what I like most about this dress, though, is that it brings back images of the Alexander McQueen Fall 2006 tartan dress that Sarah Jessica Parker wore to the Anglomania Costume Institute Gala in 2006:

Alexander McQueen and Sarah Jessica Parker attend the 'Anglomania' Costume Institute Gala held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on May 1, 2006Alexander McQueen and Sarah Jessica Parker attend the ‘Anglomania’ Costume Institute Gala held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on May 1, 2006 (Credit: Tina Paul / WENN)

Alexander McQueen attended the event and matched his kilt to his dress on Sarah Jessica Parker. This was indeed one of Alexander McQueen’s most memorable dresses. Vogue editrix Anna Wintour herself remembered this moment when she was interviewed about the late British designer and the legacy he left behind.

If there’s anyone who can change anyone’s mind about plaid, it would be Alexander McQueen.

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