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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
Pringle of Scotland uses macrame, machine knitting and crochet for its summer knitwear line.
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.
Stripes, rhombus, chevron and color blocking in many shapes, textures and stitch patterns by Emporio Armani, Marques’ Almeida, House of Holland and Markus Lupfer.
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.
And Teatum Jones creates basic rib knit dresses with the unusual sleeve set-in method.
That’s it for London Fashion Week knitwear review! Definitely very contradictory selection, but I hope some details got your attention 🙂