Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2017.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Rib Knit Dress by Teatum Jones

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and ready to start a new week! Today I continue to share with you knitwear pieces that appeared in new F/W ’17 collections. This time we “travel” to London. I was interested to see what designers might come up with, as London is famous for its diverse culture. To my surprise there were not that many knit items in each collection as you might expect for cold season, but I managed to find some to show you here.

Basics. Many designers preferred to keep it simple and don’t experiment. As a result there were a lot of basic knits that are easy to knit and wear. I think we, sweater knitters, all have/had at least one such piece on the needles – classic shape, easy stitches and simple colors.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Daks and Margaret Howell

A little bit more color from Jasper Conran. I am in love with the striped sweater. It looks so cozy and soft! Perfect for simple jeans and long walks. I especially like the stripe sequence – this is my weakest side in knitting and I am always interested to see how others play with colors.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Jasper Conran

Eudon Choi showed big chunky sweaters (looks like they are knit in fisherman’s rib) in simple earthly shades. The detail that attracted my attention is the neckline – something between classic crew neck and  turtle neck.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Eudon Choi

Color. I’ve found some interesting interpretations of the colorwork in several shows.

House of Holland and Huishan Zhang used graphic motifs and intarsia. The black-and-white sweater knit in angora or mohair looks pretty striking – such a sharp contrast. If we look closely on Zhang’s cardigan and sweater, we could notice that after the pieces were knit, each diamond’s contour is stitched with contrasting color – quiet interesting visual effect.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
House of Holland and Huishan Zhang

Three ways to work with color by Teatum Jones and Joseph:

  • Stripes – sweater is knit in horizontal ribbing stripes with the contrasting thinner year running between rows.
  • Intarsia – pretty impressive and very hard to execute color work! But it offers so many possibilities!
  • Color blocking – cable sweater is “cut” in two pieces by contrasting colors. This is a great idea if you don’t have enough yarn for the whole sweater. I also thought it might look good with gradient effect.
Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Teatum Jones and Joseph

Extravagance. As usual, there are extravagant and over-the-board pieces to be found – designers usually use them to create an image/mood for the show and demonstrate the materials and stitches. What usually happens is that after the show the designers leave just some details from the piece (stitch pattern/colorwork/etc) to produce more wearable items based on these extravagant show samples.

Ports 1961 and Joseph used super chunky yarns and extremely oversize shapes.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Ports 1961 and Joseph

Fashion East threw on a real textile show! They mixed colors, different yarns, shapes to expand textile/knit boundaries and see what can be done with yarn. Though none of these pieces is wearable, they still remind that the knit/crochet stitches are so diverse and can be turned into anything your imagination allows!

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Fashion East

Asymmetry. Burberry showed asymmetrical/multiple layers cable sweaters in neutral shades. Cables “run” in different directions mixing in with different stitch patterns. This effect can be achieved by knitting several pieces and seaming them afterwords, like the patchwork/quilt technique.

Knitwear Review. London Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Burberry

That’s it for London knitwear review! I hope you’ve found here something interesting and eye-catching.

P.S. All photos are courtesy of Vogue.com and Vogue.co.uk


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9 Comments

  1. oooh, I love the asymmetrical pieces from Burberry! They usually have great sweaters.

    • I’ve seen something similar several years ago in Vogue Knitting. The seaming is the most difficult part in this kind of project, but you are right, they look amazing!

  2. Very fancy stuff there, my dear.

    I am gonna stick with my yoga pants…

  3. Very interesting to see what you’ve picked out, Alina. I have to say that usually I don’t give London fashion week much thought – and certainly don’t look for knits. It seems to me that some of the knits (House of Holland and Huishan Zhang) are quite 80s – as is that amazing parrot (cockatoo?)! Best of all, I love the yellow piece at the top. I love the colour (not sure that I’d ever have the confidence to wear colour like that tho’) and I love the fluidity – a most beautiful garment. Oh to have the skills to make something like that (and the body to wear it!)! Thank you for such an interesting post. 🙂

    • I am glad you like the selection, Katherine! This dress is one of my favorite, I am not usually drawn to yellow color, but here it is quiet subdued and close to mustard shade. And yes, so many pieces remind of 80’s!

  4. I really enjoyed this post – it’s nice to see what others are doing in the industry and prove that knitting is not just for “old ladies”.
    Those extravagance ones especially! As an artist, it’s so much fun to see what people interpret and make with fiber and how they choose to present it. Fashion really is an art form.

    • Thank you, Lisa! I am glad you’ve found here some inspiration! I also feel like industry knitwear and hand knitwear designs can take a lot of things from each other, both worlds have something inspiring to offer!

  5. Oh, I absolutely love the Burberry pieces! SO much potential there!

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