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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15 Comments

  1. That is some STYLE! (With groovy sunglass in the mix…) I wore faded, raggy cropped yoga pants all day (no yoga, just chocolate and wine…)

    • Yay for yoga pants AND sweaters! I actually pay very little attention to the whole look – all my attention is for sweaters 🙂

  2. Wow. Just wow. I love those white sweaters by Laura Biagiotti!

  3. So many beautiful knits!! I love the intarsia pieces the best, I think.

  4. i think i am out of touch with the world – these were not my favorites…

    and i can’t even imagine wearing most of these items, i would die from the heat!!!

    please don’t hate me – i’m old!!!

    • Oh, I definitely don’t hate you, haha 🙂 I know that a lot of people don’t feel inspired by those kind of knits, but for me it is more like a creative exercise – I don’t look at these sweater and say “yes, this is exactly what I want to knit”, it is not like a knitting pattern when you have to like everything about it before you cast on, but it is more like “oh, what an usual stitch/colorwork/construction/sleeve, hem, neckline detail/etc” that I can interpret in my own knitting making something that is more down to earth 🙂

  5. Nice to see those little twists for basics like black and striped sweaters!

  6. Wow, there are some really interesting, weird knits here. Hard to believe people (might) actually wear these out and about!
    I think the only one I really like is the very first one you posted. The rest are either too bulky or too wild (or both!)

    • Hey, Lisa!!! They are definitely weird :), but it is a show, where designers celebrate their work and creativity in a slightly exaggerated way. What will actually go to shops will be much less extreme. I also think the way they style the sweaters can look bizarre to “real world people”, but if most of these sweaters were worn with simple jeans and sneakers, they would look perfectly normal and very beautiful! As for me, I am inspired by details and kind of look past all the extreme things that surround it.

  7. I think out of all the fashion shows you’ve reviewed so far, this one is by far my favorite! The Laura Biagiotti sweater at the top is amazing, and Missoni does such beautiful work! There are so many beautiful designs here, its hard to pick which ones are my favorites!

  8. Oh, Milan! How can you not love Milan, not surprisingly my favorite review you’ve done so far. I mean I would wear/ knit each and every piece. I think I will just Pin all of these to Pinterest for inspiration!

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