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.
Aquilano Rimondi, Les Copains, Fay
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Stella Jean, N21 and Alberta Ferretti
Messy Intarsia. When you don’t feel like weaving in ends… 🙂
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.
Laura Biagiotti and Prada
Neutral Basics. My favorite trend 🙂 Classic, cozy, timeless pieces – knitwear at its best!
Basics with the twist. Traditional stitches, neutral conservative colors and unusual cut. The poncho-sweater is such a great alternative to a heavy coat.
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