Knitwear Review Fashion Weeks

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Knitwear Review. London/Milan FW, Fall 2018.

Knitwear Review. London/Milan Fashion Weeks, Fall 2018

Knit pullover with intarsia and sequins by Brunello Cucinelli

For the second knitwear review of Fall 2108 season I browsed Milan and London runway reports to filter the knit pieces that seem interesting enough to look closely at.

Neutrals. Love this trend – beige and off white seemed to be prevailing in knitwear in many designers’collections.

Love this presentation by Central Saint Martins (one of the most famous art and design education centers based in London). The white dress is my favorite – if you look closely you will see that it is entirely knit in simple stockinette stitch, but with the use of yarns of different weight and textures – starting at the neckline with fine gauge and finger weight yarn the dress gradually transitions to a more bulky gauge and thicker thread.

Total knitwear looks –  sweaters + knit skirts in stockinette, cables and seed stitch.

The tendency of combining casual knitwear and more elevated pieces started in New York continues in Milan – classic shapes, simple colorwork and some sparkling!

Colorwork. You will find it all – stripes, intarsia, fair isle..

Wrapped in knitwear in color and neutrals.

Extremely oversize sweaters.

Interesting shapes – from classic pullovers to puffed exaggerated shoulders and layering of knit fabric.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

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


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By | 2018-03-09T08:14:07+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Knitwear Review Fashion Weeks|6 Comments

Knitwear Review. NYFW, Fall 2018.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

Partow

I never lose the opportunity to see knitwear in all the diversity of its forms and shapes and fashion weeks season is a good time to hunt for traditional and unconventional interpretations of a knit stitch. New York fashion week is over and here is what the designers came up with for Fall 2018 – you will see everything from neutral classic knits to crazy and exaggerated forms.

Classic colors + traditional stitches + super oversized fit.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

A.L.C. , Khaite, Grey Jason

80’s vibe with colorful and bold intarsia.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

Creatures of Comfort, Tory Burch, Derek Lam

Neutral traditional shades + plain stitch pattern + monochrome look + oversize fit.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

Kes, Sally LaPointe, Nili Lotan

Dresses. Soft knit fabrics with gentle eyelet increases, neutral colors intarsia, patchwork and colorful crochet.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

Brandon Maxwell and Adam Lippes

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

Tanya Taylor and Alejandra Alonso

Exaggerated. Holes, extra long sleeves, super chunky colorful yarn, oversize poet sleeve with overload of embellishment.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

Zadig and Voltaire, Novis, Ulla Johnson

Missoni as always is playing with color and stripes, reinterpreting the brand’s classic looks.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

Missoni

Bold accent colors + drape.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

Tibi and Sies Marjan

Cables, cables, cables!!! Overloaded with texture and volume.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

Partow and Marina Moscone

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. 2018

Jason Wu, Alejandra Alonso, Oscar de la Renta

Have a wonderful Sunday today!

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


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By | 2018-02-18T08:19:37+00:00 February 18th, 2018|Knitwear Review Fashion Weeks|10 Comments

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week, Spring ’18

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

Cardigan layers by Palmer Harding

London designers were very diverse as usual – there was everything from proper suits to absolutely crazy clothes-sculptures in all kinds of materials. The same tendency was reflected in knitwear pieces – classic beige sweaters, unusual constructions, unexpected mix of materials and colors – you’ll see it all.

Emilia Wickstead, Daks and Margaret Howell offer proper tops and classic sweaters paired with casual pants and skirts. Simple, practical and comfortable are probably the best words to describe these pieces.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

But this kind of description of knitwear definitely doesn’t apply to the rest of the knitwear items that appeared during this season in London. The rest is pushing the boundaries in many forms.

Teatum Jones and Ports 1961 are changing the idea of how you can wear sweater sleeves.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Pringle of Scotland mixed knitwear with the fabric. If you look closely at the sweater by Preen, you will see that this is basically the collection of different swatches put together with the piece of fabric. Well, there is an idea what to do with all these swatches you have accumulated during all these years of knitting 🙂

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

Christopher Kane mixes ruffles of fabric with simple rib knit dress and uses fancy yarns to create dresses. And Joseph creates the classic sweater, but spices it up with the super oversize fit and the use of bulky ribbon yarn of the uneven texture.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

Pringle of Scotland uses macrame, machine knitting and crochet for its summer knitwear line.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

A burst of color and graphic patterns. Chalayan sticks to the solid sunny color, layers and the mix of mesh pattern with the simple stockinette stitch.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

Stripes, rhombus, chevron and color blocking in many shapes, textures and stitch patterns by Emporio Armani, Marques’ Almeida, House of Holland and Markus Lupfer.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

And finally the dresses, of course! Julien Macdonald uses all possible crafts – macrame, machine and hand knitting, crochet, weaving, etc – to create his fit forming super fancy dresses.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

And Teatum Jones creates basic rib knit dresses with the unusual sleeve set-in method.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Spring/Summer 2018

That’s it for London Fashion Week knitwear review! Definitely very contradictory selection, but I hope some details got your attention 🙂


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By | 2018-02-02T20:56:19+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Knitting, Knitwear Review Fashion Weeks|7 Comments

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week, Spring ’18

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week, Spring 18.

Knit Cardigan. Simon Miller

The season of fashion weeks has started and I am keeping a close watch on the knitwear pieces appearing in designers’ collections. Most of the them are not devoted to knitwear per se, but there is always something to find and see how knitwear is incorporated in the whole look. As usual, New York designers are edgy, unconventional and a little bit on the crazy side. Let’s see what techniques, forms and stitches are being used for the upcoming spring, 2018.

The tendency that seemed to prevail during New York fashion week was to combine classic knitwear sweaters in neutral shades with more elevated pieces like sparkly skirts, romantic dresses, high-waisted pants and even ball gowns. The main focus is on the material – cashmere, angora, wool, cotton…

Sally LaPointe, Brandon Maxwell and Brock Collection:

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week, Spring 18.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week, Spring 18.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week, Spring 18.

More casual sport looks were created with loose and off the shoulder sweaters made in variety of techniques, including intarsia, brioche and embroidery.

Monse, Baja East and Dion Lee:

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week, Spring 18.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week, Spring 18.

The collections are made for spring, so cropped tops were in abundance, in all their shapes and colors.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week, Spring 18.

Brandon Maxwell, Zimmerman and Milly

Zadig and Voltaire played with color stripes and gradients.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week, Spring 18.

Michael Kors offers to match the color of your knitwear to the rest of the outfit.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week, Spring 18.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week, Spring 18.

Graphic designs created with intarsia and stripes by Colovos and Zimmerman

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week, Spring 18.

Though it’s spring season, I still managed to find some cable knitting! Matthew Adams cable skirts are definitely something new!
Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week, Spring 18.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week, Spring 18.

Prabal Gurung and Adam Lippes cable sweaters

I am happy to see that crochet dresses keep appearing in every spring/summer season. Beautiful craftsmanship by Jonathan Simkhai, Ulla Johnson and The Row.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week, Spring 18.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week, Spring 18.

That’s it for New York fashion week knitwear review! Next stop is London, let’s see what UK designers come up with in terms of knitwear!

Have a great day today!

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


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By | 2017-09-28T08:32:25+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Knitting, Knitwear Review Fashion Weeks|6 Comments

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2016/17.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Sweater by Chloé

This is my last knitwear review from Fall/Winter ’17/18. It’s been an amazing creative exercise for me to get to know so many ways of working with color, construction and fibers. In each piece I’ve found some details that I will try to explore and interpret in my own way in my knitting projects. Today I am sharing with you knitwear pieces from Paris.

Chanel showed basic sweaters and crochet+knitting+embellishment dress of classic shape.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Chanel

Sonia Rykiel presented a pretty big collection of outwear and sweaters with patchwork, inside out fair isle, asymmetric hems, lace and cables.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Sonia Rykiel

Chunky, oversize and exaggerated colorful sweaters from Balenciaga and Paul & Joe will definitely keep you warm.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Balenciaga and Paul & Joe

Textile performance by Undercover where fabric plays the main role. It is quiet amazing to see how knitting can take pretty much any shape! The designer wanted to let his creativity flow freely and present the utopia world where there is no judgement and where “everybody would be equal”.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Undercover

Paco Rabanne and Wanda Nylon showed cozy, loose and drapey sweaters, dresses, skirts and even pants.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Paco Rabanne and Wanda Nylon

Color was presented in form of intarsia, fair isle (note how the designer is interrupting the classic fair isle motif with the letters running along the yoke) ans stripes (this cozy, light mohair sweater would be my ideal stay-home-all-weekend sweater).

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Isabel Marant, Loewe and Chloé

Unusual techniques – crochet bobble stripes, dropped stitches, gradient transition from knit to fabric. The last one is especially fascinating to watch – fair isle is gradually mixing in with light polka dot fabric and inch by inch changes into light skirt. If you are like me obsessed with exploring every single detail of the fabric, here are the links to high resolution photos that you can zoom in to see all the techniques up close – crochet cardigan and sweater-dress.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Loewe and Nehera

Basics always find their way into each season, there hasn’t been anything better invented yet.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Atlein, Paco Rabanne and Dries Van Noten

Dior created beautiful gradient shades of deep blue and textures. You can see more details how the bobbles form the pattern here, make sure to zoom in – bobble sweater.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Dior

This weekend I watched the documentary “Dior and I” about the behind the scenes process of creating collections. Though the movie is mostly about the creative director of the house, I fell absolutely in love with people in Dior’s atelier, who actually bring the ideas to life. I was amazed by their knowledge and skills, passion for textiles and fabric, and a great love for their craft. I especially found it fascinating that most of the crafters there have been working in atelier for decades, I only dream to have their skills one day!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

P.S. All photos are courtesy of Vogue.fr


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By | 2018-01-23T10:55:46+00:00 March 12th, 2017|Knitting Inspiration, Knitwear Review Fashion Weeks|22 Comments

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2017/18.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Sweater and cardigan by Laura Biagiotti

Designers at Milan fashion week didn’t disappoint – I’ve found 100+ knitwear pieces! All of them different and interesting in their own way. It was hard to choose the pieces for this review, I tried to group them and filter out the tendencies that seem to prevail.

Cropped sweaters. Cropped shapes with bell sleeves and very tight ribbing at the waist appeared in many collections in different interpretations – classic and elaborate stitches, bright and neutral colors, textured and plain fabric. They look quiet dramatic and remind me of 80’s  in some way.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Aquilano Rimondi, Les Copains, Fay

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Philosophy di Lorenzo and Elisabetta Franchi

Back to Black. Though knitting with black yarn isn’t that fun, the result is definitely worth it – it will probably become the most versatile and wearable sweater in your wardrobe. Seems like oversize sweaters are still ruling the knitwear world and it is easy to understand – they are so comfy and cozy to snuggle in!

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Les Copains and Krizia

Color was presented in all forms and shapes – stripes, intarsia, graphics, patchwork…

Missoni, known for its amazing work with color (just remember their famous chevron colorful patterns!), presented a knitwear collection that is bursting with color! There are dozens of knitwear pieces – sweaters, skirts, dresses, pants. If you are interested to see all of them, you can find the photo report here.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Missoni

Stripes never get old. I absolutely loved how Les Copains added contrasting color blocks to classic navy/white stripes. Alberta Ferretti makes the stripes gradually grow wider that creates unusual visual effect.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Les Copains and Alberta Ferretti

Graphics. Rhombus shapes by Versace are achieved by intarsia and sparkly embellishment over the finished sweater. Philosophy di Lorenzo created a beautiful blue/black contrasting piece – I never thought that I would like such a sharp color contrast in knit garment, but this one looks pretty harmonious.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Versace and Philosophy di Lorenzo

Intarsia. Designers are “drawing” with knit stitches all kinds of shapes and pictures! One angle intarsia looks so beautiful, but will be so hard to achieve – the body and the sleeve have to be perfectly aligned.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Krizia and Tods

Next three intarsia pieces are absolutely exquisite! The first grey sweater with the beautiful motifs on the folded collar is just stunning! The beach scene intarsia is a a piece of art to me – it is so hard to “translate” a picture into knit stitches. I would wear the last sweater every single day – I loved how fuzzy yarn created the blurred affect, looks like  beautiful oil painting…

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Stella Jean, N21 and Alberta Ferretti

Messy Intarsia. When you don’t feel like weaving in ends… 🙂

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Cristiano Burani and Laura Biagiotti

Embellishments. More and more designers mix embroidery with different materials on the knit fabric to add extra texture and sparkle.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Laura Biagiotti and Prada

Neutral Basics. My favorite trend 🙂 Classic, cozy, timeless pieces – knitwear at its best!

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Laura Biagiotti

Basics with the twist. Traditional stitches, neutral conservative colors and unusual cut. The poncho-sweater is such a great alternative to a heavy coat.

Knitwear Review. Milan Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017

Jil Sander and Les Copains

That’s it for Milan’s knitwear review. So far it’s been my favorite collection of knits, we’ll see what Paris has to show next week.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

P.S. All photos are courtesy of Vogue.it


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By | 2017-09-28T08:32:26+00:00 March 5th, 2017|Knitting Inspiration, Knitwear Review Fashion Weeks|15 Comments
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