See you later, stripes. Another ever-present pattern is experiencing its Renaissance. Paisleys are teardrop-shaped motifs that originated in ancient India, where they were known as boteh (derived from Bodhi, the trees whose leaves they resemble). A craze for paisley patterned textiles quickly ensued among Europe’s fashionable elite after the pattern was introduced to the West by the East India Company in the seventeenth century. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, textile manufacturers in Europe -- hoping to capitalize on the continuing paisley trend -- adapted the design for their fabrics. The pattern became known as paisley in the West in honor of Paisley, Scotland, which was one of the first towns to produce paisley goods in Europe. In more recent memory, paisley designs were a favorite of the hippie counterculture movement in the late 1960s, particularly during the Summer of Love in 1967. Today, paisleys permeate the collections of both luxury labels and fast-fashion outlets, with designers high and low adapting the motif for their clothes and accessories, especially for fall/winter 2013. Rock paisleys this season with one (or more!) of the splurge- and steal-worthy goodies seen in this slideshow.
S.S.W. Asks: Will YOU wear paisleys this fall?