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There was no shortage of quirky, patterned textile on the runways this past week, but some of the most striking interpretations of the look were found in the front row. While there were several stylishly checkered notables, like Nylon’s style editor-at-large Dani Stahl, who wore a chic forest green pantsuit, as well as Anna Wintour in a disarmingly sweet frock of the same hue, our favorite look of the week is Camilla Belle’s neat checkered shorts and matching jacket ensemble.
This is a classic example of a look that shouldn’t work, but somehow does. Shorts at a formal event? Belle is saved from committing a fashion faux pas by selecting a dressy fabric and pairing the shorts with a coordinating, structured jacket for a suit-like effect. She also navigates dangerous territory with a modish box print, that appears to be straight out of the Swinging Sixties. By keeping her accessories, hair and makeup minimal, Belle carries the pattern off without it coming across as kitsch. Super modern purple booties are the look’s eye-catching finale, making it clear the actress is at a fashion show in the year 2012, and not in the crowds waiting to see the Beatles play the Ed Sullivan Show.