This is my last knitwear review from Fall/Winter ’17/18. It’s been an amazing creative exercise for me to get to know so many ways of working with color, construction and fibers. In each piece I’ve found some details that I will try to explore and interpret in my own way in my knitting projects. Today I am sharing with you knitwear pieces from Paris.
Chanel showed basic sweaters and crochet+knitting+embellishment dress of classic shape.
Sonia Rykiel presented a pretty big collection of outwear and sweaters with patchwork, inside out fair isle, asymmetric hems, lace and cables.
Chunky, oversize and exaggerated colorful sweaters from Balenciaga and Paul & Joe will definitely keep you warm.
Textile performance by Undercover where fabric plays the main role. It is quiet amazing to see how knitting can take pretty much any shape! The designer wanted to let his creativity flow freely and present the utopia world where there is no judgement and where “everybody would be equal”.
Paco Rabanne and Wanda Nylon showed cozy, loose and drapey sweaters, dresses, skirts and even pants.
Color was presented in form of intarsia, fair isle (note how the designer is interrupting the classic fair isle motif with the letters running along the yoke) ans stripes (this cozy, light mohair sweater would be my ideal stay-home-all-weekend sweater).
Unusual techniques – crochet bobble stripes, dropped stitches, gradient transition from knit to fabric. The last one is especially fascinating to watch – fair isle is gradually mixing in with light polka dot fabric and inch by inch changes into light skirt. If you are like me obsessed with exploring every single detail of the fabric, here are the links to high resolution photos that you can zoom in to see all the techniques up close – crochet cardigan and sweater-dress.
Basics always find their way into each season, there hasn’t been anything better invented yet.
Dior created beautiful gradient shades of deep blue and textures. You can see more details how the bobbles form the pattern here, make sure to zoom in – bobble sweater.
This weekend I watched the documentary “Dior and I” about the behind the scenes process of creating collections. Though the movie is mostly about the creative director of the house, I fell absolutely in love with people in Dior’s atelier, who actually bring the ideas to life. I was amazed by their knowledge and skills, passion for textiles and fabric, and a great love for their craft. I especially found it fascinating that most of the crafters there have been working in atelier for decades, I only dream to have their skills one day!
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
P.S. All photos are courtesy of Vogue.fr