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Showing up on everything from plates to powder compacts, tartan is this winter's favorite pattern

From Scottish Kilts to Camden punk, tartan has long been the fabric of choice when tribute is paid to the Queen. Now designers and retailers as diverse as Alexander McQueen and L.L. Bean are indulging in the traditional textile. Kate Spade's wool boot is boxed out in plaid, as is Estée Lauder's jeweled compact, illustrating the evolution of this onetime preppy look. What was once campus chic is now runway cool. Yves Saint Laurent designer Stefano Pilati even featured it for spring. But who better than Burberry, epic old English purveyor of plaid, to square up its new men's fragrance, Burberry London,...

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