Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2017.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Fair Isle sweater by Adam Lippes

I never skip the opportunity to see new and unusual knitwear pieces and get inspired. It’s Fall/Winter 2017 fashion weeks season in the world of vogue and I thought it would be interesting to see what knitwear ideas the designers come up with in the new season. Several months ago I already shared NYFW spring/summer knitwear review and that post spiked quiet a contradictory discussion on one of the Facebook pages. So, before I get to the review, I want to remind that the runway show is a show and a lot of pieces do look unwearable and quiet out of this world, but for me there is always something inspiring to be found – whether it is just a small detail on the sleeve or the whole sweater.

Classic. Simple, cozy, oversize casual sweaters paired with the skirt seem to be the thing in fall/winter 2017. Mohair pieces by Dion Lee look so incredibly soft and light – I would live in them! Neutral and subdued colors are perfect for these wardrobe staples. And these sweaters are so easy to knit, though to create such wonderful drape, you’d have to use a pretty thin yarn.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Dion Lee and Victoria Beckham
Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Nicholas K and Brock Collection

Colorwork. I very rarely work with fair isle and intarsia, but some of the pieces from the shows are so wonderful that I might reconsider soon! Such a great idea by 3.1 Phillip Lim to use a completely different in structure/color fiber for intarsia in the dark blue sweater. The pink dress looks like the work of patchwork with subtle grey intarsia details.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
3.1 Phillip Lim

A little bit more extreme work with color: fringes, multiple colors and intarsia motifs. I wouldn’t recreate the whole sweater like these ones, but I would definitely love to add some fringe details to my sweaters!

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Zadig & Voltaire and Cinq a Sept

One more color techniques that attracted my attention – intarsia combined with embroidery and different materials. Victoria Beckham (in the middle) mixed knitting and sewing in one sweater – there are patches of knit stitches and the usual sewing fabric. I think it is a great way to experiment!! Delpozo went further and combined classic intarsia with beads, feathers and other unusual materials. Personally I would knit a simple grey sweater and embroider it with silver beads – definitely saving this idea for future projects!

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Victoria Beckham and Delpozo

Tory Burch is also giving us interesting ideas for color knitting. The green sweater’s yoke is work inside out showing all the floats. This is not the first time I see designers using the wrong side of the fair isle as the public one and I really love the effect created – the color pattern becomes slightly blurred. I also like the unusual stripes placement in the sweater in the middle, definitely worth taking a note!

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Tory Burch

Öhlin/D and Whit presented wonderful sweaters – simple and classic shapes with very beautiful color play. The first sweater is knit using the usual fair isle technique and then contrast color knitted stripes are woven into the fabric – love it!

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Öhlin/D and Whit

Carolina Herrera is classic and feminine, as usual. Colorful, but monochrome sweaters with a bit of texture and classic fit. Would knit and wear all of them!

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Carolina Herrera

More subtle colors and textures from Sies Marjan and Eckhaus Latta. Though the sweater in the middle is menswear I would definitely cuddle in it – love the neckline and the textured sleeves.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Sies Marjan and Eckhaus Latta

Neutral knits were also abundant. Those knits by Brandon Maxwell, Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta are quiet extravagant – cropped shape with exaggerated shoulders, one sleeve sweater paired with a sleeve scarf (that is definitely something new!) and super oversize sweater with extra long sleeves.

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Brandon Maxwell, Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta

More neutrals by Oday Shakar and Sachin & Babi. The sweaters are wearable and very beautiful – classic crewneck knit in yarn with a sheen, bell sleeves and casual cable sweater. I would definitely knit the last one!

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Oday Shakar and Sachin & Babi

One of my favorite neutrals is this simple and elegant dress by Lela Rose – look at the cable combined with beads details!

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Lela Rose

Two sweaters that attracted most of my attention are by Prabal Gurung – though the shapes of the sweaters are quiet extreme, the details are mesmerizing! Cables, fringe, ribbing, beads – so many unusual details!

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
Prabal Gurung

Two simple, wearable and knit inspiring sweaters by J. Crew and Adam Lippes. I love the yoke on the blue sweater – such a classic, yet modern design. And the beautiful travelling ribbing on white sweater is going on my to try list!

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
J. Crew and Adam Lippes

J. Crew created a truly wonderful collection – light, feminine and very wearable and “knitable”. Off the shoulder cozy grey sweater is on my must-knit list for ages! And what an unusual way of combining fair isle and cables in green pullover! Absolutely beautiful!

Knitwear Review. New York Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017
J. Crew

That’s it for NYFW review and I hope you’ve found here something interesting, something inspiring and maybe something funny 🙂 Fashion week is in London right now and I am definitely going to watch out for more knits!

P.S. All photos are courtesy of


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  1. Such nice selection for inspiration! That Lela Rose knit dress is dreamy… 🙂

  2. The dress is gorgeous! When I look at knitwear my only criteria is my gut feeling – if I feel the itch to grab the needles and knit it – then I like it. And when I saw the dress I immediately felt that urge 🙂

    • I am with you, Carmela! When I can’t get out something out of my head – I know I have to make it 🙂 You are so good with experimenting – I am sure you’ll handle this kind of dress without any problem!

  3. What a great collection of pictures, Alina. I especially love seeing the simple, soft, oversized sweaters and long flowing skirts. So beautiful and romantic, they seem to me.

  4. I love that sweater at the beginning of the post by Adam Lippes. Would really love to recreate it! Thank you for this review. Lots of inspiring ideas.

    • Thank you for the feedback, Tien! This sweater is my favorite in the whole review – I love how the designer changed the classic design. So beautiful!

  5. This is an amazing curation of knitwear for inspiration! I am definitely going to have to bookmark this post and come back to it when I’m looking for new ideas. I especially loved Carolina Herrera and J.Crew’s designs (definitely more wearable than some of the other ones, but it’s also nice to see those ideas that are more ‘out there’ that make us think outside the box! Thank you for putting this together Alina 🙂

    • Thank you, Susanne! I definitely prefer wearing casual sweaters, but for some reason the extravagant and exaggerated knitwear pieces always inspire me 🙂

  6. Such a great round up! Clear from the silhouettes that oversized will still be a big thing, and I love that cables are ALWAYS in style every fall and winter!

  7. Some of them are too much for my taste but I’m definitely inspired by others, like that dress! Oh my god! That dress!!!

  8. The color-play in so many of those garments is amazing. I am not super into high-fashion, but I love the inspiration. Thanks, as always, for a great review!

  9. What a great round-up! As you accurately mentioned, the more “out there” pieces can be great sources of inspiration, and there are others that are just wonderful as they are! LOVE that dress by Lela Rabe!

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