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Knitwear Review. New York/London FW, Fall/Winter 2019

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Happy Sunday! Today I continue my knitwear review series that have already become a tradition here – every season the designers are showing their collections in the course of the main 4 fashion weeks – New York, London, Milan and Paris. I try to look at knitwear from the different points of view and the fashion weeks are a great chance to browse through the tendencies and techniques.

New York and London have presented the mix of classic, innovative and exaggerated knitwear ideas.

Pringle Of Scotland, known for its knitwear, showed monochrome neutral total knitwear looks and presented variations of their signature classic print.

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Colorwork was presented in different variations – Victoria Beckham, Fashion East and Eckhaus Latta used intarsia technique to draw patterns and even pictures on their pieces.

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Margaret Howell took the conservative road and used classic patterns for her colowork. Love the gradient effect of the white sweater!

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Ulla Johnson played with stripes in their golden beige sweater – the stripes are changing direction, angle, the width and the pattern. Pejina Pyo used the contrasting colors – different for each sleeve (because why not?!), I love the effect it created – a simple classic pullover automatically turns into a statement piece! Fashion East integrated the color into shape and structure of the cropped cardigan.

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Colorwork was also presented with patchwork – ALEXACHUNG, Moddy Goddard and Eckhaus Latta created the color ¨puzzles¨.

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Cables are always in vogue. The tendency of mixing yarn with other materials that was really big last year continues this season as well. Cables could be spotted in the collections of Badgley Mischka, Area, Emilia Wickstead and Christopher Kane.

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

One more unusual trend that I spotted is knitwear layering – it could be done for the runway show effect or who knows maybe we will see variations of this styling in mass fashion as well.

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Simplicity in Victoria Beckham and Eudon Choi collections:

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Here is one of my favorite looks from London FW by ALEXACHUNG – a simple knit dress layered over a floating light summer dress, such a great look for the transitional season!

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Sleeves, obviously ¨a thing¨ rigth now, – oversized and exaggerative – could be spotted on runways of Adeam, Brandon Maxwell and Ulla Johnson.

Knitwear Review. New York and London Fashion Week. The Gift Of Knitting.

Hope you enjoyed this review and found something interesting for you! Next week I am going to present you the project that I have been working at for the last several months – it was one of the most challenging patterns I have written, but I am so glad I ventured on this road – love how it turned out!

P.S. All photos are courtesy of vogue.com


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By |2019-03-10T11:01:36-07:00March 10th, 2019|Knitting Inspiration, Knitwear Review Fashion Weeks|2 Comments

Knitwear Inspiration. Ryan Roche.

Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting.

This month I would like to share with you one knitting company which vision and aesthetic is so appealing to me. Ryan Roche is a knitwear designer based in Woodstock, New York. Ryan’s work is all about femininity, comfort and quality. Described as “modern minimal romance”, Ryan Roche brand is supporting the responsible manufacturing via sustainable low-impact production. The center piece of all her collections is cashmere – timeless fiber that she is using in dresses, comfy cardis, oversized soft sweaters…

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Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting.

The color palette is neutral, the lines are simple with just enough detail. Those pieces can be worn for many years, preserving their quality and style.

Knitwear Inspiration. The Gift Of Knitting.

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For more inspiration, visit the brand’s website ryan-roche.com

Have a great day today!


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By |2018-11-29T07:47:33-07:00November 29th, 2018|Knitting Inspiration|2 Comments

Knitwear Inspiration. Shuying Wang.

Knitwear Inspiration. Shuying Wang. The Gift Of Knitting.

For my monthly knitwear inspiration I would love to introduce you to Shuying Wang. I have been following her journey in exploring knit textiles for several months now and she just keeps surprising me with her vision and approach to knitwear.

Knitwear Inspiration. Shuying Wang. The Gift Of Knitting.

Shuying is still at that stage where she is freely experimenting with the fabric, and personally this is my favorite time to watch a new artist – when he/she is not restrained with any concept yet and is just exploring the endless possibilities of knit fabric.

True to her concept, Shuying has chosen to take the knitted textiles pathway to give her the freedom to fully explore fabric construction and allow any garments and products to emerge organically from this.

 

SHUYING combines knitted and woven structures, in natural superfine cashmere with synthetic monofilament and celluloid fibres. Through her exploration of structure and combining opposing fibres, Shuying seeks to ingrain human identity into her fabrics. The outcome is a dishevelled elegance in a refreshing colour palette that both comforts and unsettles.

 

Knitwear Inspiration. Shuying Wang. The Gift Of Knitting.

All photos are courtesy of shuyingwang.org and Shuying Wang Instagram

I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday! Next Wednesday I am going to share with you a new sweater pattern, so looking forward to it! You still have time to enter the giveaway!


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By |2018-07-15T09:01:16-07:00July 15th, 2018|Knitting Inspiration|6 Comments

Knitwear Inspiration. Alex Pengelly.

Knitwear Inspiration

The knitwear inspiration of the month is a designer Alex Pengelly, who got her Bachelor degree in textiles and knitwear design more than 8 years ago and since then evolved as the artist and a creator in many ways.

Alex was a Digital Textiles Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and worked as a freelance designer for several years.

Challenging preconceived notions of knitting, her fabrics are created by hand fusing the artisanal skill of contemporary craft with a directional edge.

 

Knitwear Inspiration

A/W 2015 Orlando collection

Mixing mohair, angora, silk and innovative steel yarns, the collection combines feminine textures with structural layering. Featuring hand embroidery and technical hand inlay techniques the interchangeable pieces infuse the everyday wardrobe with a sense of luxury.

 

Knitwear Inspiration

A/W 2015 Orlando collection

I have a passionate interest in designing innovative knitted materials for the body. I am fascinated by the structural possibilities offered by knitted materials and enjoy exploring new methods of design development and construction.” – Alex Pengelly

 

Knitwear Inspiration

A/W 2015 Orlando collection

In October 2015 Alex joined Nike team as a knit designer.  It is amazing how much knit design actually goes into the process of creating the sportswear. I highly recommend reading the interview with Jessica Lomax, Nike’s senior tech knit designer and get the behind the scenes look at how the tech knit design team is working to create Nike collections, pretty fascinating!

Knitwear Inspiration

Photo: NIKE

I hope you enjoyed this little read and inspired to pick up your knitting! Have a wonderful day today!


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By |2018-06-13T08:19:46-07:00June 13th, 2018|Knitting Inspiration|2 Comments

Knitwear Inspiration. Scarlett Mae Adams.

Knitwear Fashion

This month I decided to bring back one of my favorite features on the blog – Knitwear Inspiration. Technically I’ve never stopped hunting for new knitwear designers and ideas and realized that I have bookmarked so many of them that it is worth sharing it here monthly – maybe you will also pick up some techniques and shapes knitwear industry comes up with.

Today’s crafter is Scarlett Mae Adams, she is not an established “official” designer yet, but she is a fascinating knitwear student who is definitely will bring something innovative to the industry.

Knitwear Fashion

Knitwear students usually work with creating textiles first before turning them into the garments and they have an absolute freedom experimenting with stitches, shapes and forms. One of the latest Scarlett’s projects is called Forms of the Body where she is exploring different techniques to create volume and texture of the knit fabric.

Knitwear Fashion

I love her approach of using every tool in her box, literally and figuratively, by combining basic stitches with more advanced techniques and playing with tension and yarn weights.

Knitwear Fashion

The result is the unique textiles that later can be interpreted in the garments. It is once again fascinating to see how vast the knitting world is and how amazingly flexible the knit textiles are.

Knitwear Fashion

All photos are courtesy of @scarlett.mae.adams

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you next week!


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By |2018-04-02T07:45:35-07:00April 1st, 2018|Knitting Inspiration|7 Comments

Work and Knitting Inspiration

Happy weekend! Taking more than a week long break from blogging always seems like an eternity to me – I am so used to this place. Happy to be back! Hope you had a great productive week!

My day job right now is something completely different from what I used to do – I am creating the content for the website of one of the local boutiques that carries the most amazing pieces that I’ve ever seen in real life. I am very grateful for this opportunity – I’m learning so much about designers from all over the world – Mexico, USA, Australia, Europe; and I am surrounded by beautiful fabrics, textures and colors every day at work!

As soon as I started working there, I fell in love with few knitwear pieces. As you know I love researching about knitwear designers, read their brands’ behind-the-scenes stories and get inspired by unusual knitwear pieces. I was thrilled to discover an amazing designer, previously unknown to me and not just admire her work through the screen of the computer, but actually touch the pieces and see every single little detail. I’m happy to share it with you here today!

Tabula Rasa is a New York fashion brand created by Emily Diamandis in 2013. Emily’s main passion is textiles and each piece created by her brand starts with the yarn and the stitch. “Every knit has a story, every knit has a history” – I couldn’t agree more!

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.

Photo: tabularasa-ny.com

The brand celebrates both contemporary and traditional craftsmanship; knits exude textural complexity through the layering of advanced techniques, and intricate stitches reference century-old fabrics sourced from around the globe. Each distinct garment is designed in a 2-step process whereby a textile is artfully created by hand from novelty yarns and tapes before it is constructed into a final silhouette.

FINO boutique carries the brand’s beautiful knitwear and I would like to share with you some of the pieces. For me it was important to catch the details and you can see the whole piece on the brand’s website.

Anat Jacket is a hand made wonder, created using macrame techniques.

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.

Made with Italian cotton, the piece features beautiful interwoven patterns and colorwork.

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.

The new collection brought fun summer pieces made in linen and cotton yarns. Haze Play top is one of my most favorite items with its cropped shape, beautiful open lace knit back and asymmetric diagonal lines, which remind me of my own Heritage sweater.

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.

Just look at the mix of textures and stitch patterns!

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.

The most unusual piece in the new collection is Loon Wide-Leg Pant. I’ve never made a knit pant, so for me it is really intriguing to see the construction of the piece and all its beautiful open knit pattern. The most striking detail is the hand crocheted bird applique that makes the piece unique.

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.

And, as you know, I have a soft spot for knit dresses. Simple open knit ladder stitch fabric was turned into a very unusual summer dress – Haze Wrap. Gorgeous texture…

Knitting Inspiration. Tabula Rasa.

I hope you enjoyed this little “details tour” and are inspired to pick up your yarn this weekend!

I have some fun staff coming during next couple of weeks, so I’ll see you soon!!!


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By |2017-05-20T06:17:26-07:00May 20th, 2017|Knitting Inspiration|4 Comments
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