For me, the word checkerboard still evokes terrible visions of a pair of pink and black Vans I owned aged 13, mid emo phase, and apparently set on making my wardrobe as family-maddening as possible. But checkerboard is in a different place now, and so am I. Last spring, when a domino trail of lockdowns began, brightly-colored checkerboard print suddenly seemed to be everywhere. A potent new tool of the Instagram algorithm, the alternating dark and light squares popped up in a deluge of color variations across scarves, plates, pants, and pretty much everything in between. Read more at Highsnobiety.