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Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2016/17.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Sweater by Chloé

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.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018


Sonia Rykiel presented a pretty big collection of outwear and sweaters with patchwork, inside out fair isle, asymmetric hems, lace and cables.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Sonia Rykiel

Chunky, oversize and exaggerated colorful sweaters from Balenciaga and Paul & Joe will definitely keep you warm.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Balenciaga and Paul & Joe

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”.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018


Paco Rabanne and Wanda Nylon showed cozy, loose and drapey sweaters, dresses, skirts and even pants.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Paco Rabanne and Wanda Nylon

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).

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Isabel Marant, Loewe and Chloé

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.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Loewe and Nehera

Basics always find their way into each season, there hasn’t been anything better invented yet.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Atlein, Paco Rabanne and Dries Van Noten

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.

Knitwear Review. Paris Fashion Week. Fall/Winter 2017/2018


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


By | 2018-01-23T10:55:46+00:00 March 12th, 2017|Knitting Inspiration, Knitwear Review Fashion Weeks|22 Comments


  1. nancy March 12, 2017 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Ridiculous knitwear!

    • Alina March 12, 2017 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      Hey Nancy! Yes, I understand that most of the pieces are unwearable, they are mostly made for the show 🙂 The final versions of them are much more down to earth. In these reviews I explore more the details, techniques and the knitting fabric possibilities rather than a particular sweater as a whole piece. In a way it is my personal creative diary that I like to come back to…

  2. Sierra March 12, 2017 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    It’s interesting to see what is being presented as the upcoming fashion for the year and then seeing how it will be interpreted by commercial stores and knit wear designers. Should be a fun year in the sweaters department!

    • Alina March 14, 2017 at 8:50 am - Reply

      Yes, it will be quiet interesting to see! Most of the big yarn companies do so-called “trends survey”, before starting designing collections for the new season. They take just small details/features and interpret them in hand-knitting design knitwear.

  3. kaydeerouge March 12, 2017 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love the pullover where the fairisle is replaced with letters – Loewe, is it? what a brilliant idea! Just back from Edinburgh Yarn Fest where lots of people were wearing wonderful fairisle jumpers (far too hot for that inside the hall!) and how excellent an addition a bit of lettering would have been!

    • Alina March 14, 2017 at 8:52 am - Reply

      Oh, so looking forward to your blog post about the fest (I hope it is coming!!), I would love to visit one day – looks like such a great gathering of amazing people! I don’t think I ever saw the fair isle interrupted with letters this way – it might be interesting idea for a baby sweater as a gift 🙂

      • kaydeerouge March 17, 2017 at 3:25 am - Reply

        No blog post about EYF, I’m afraid, Alina – I was too gob-smacked to take one single photo! That is so unlike me … but next year, I promise ….. 🙂 ( and I hope you will come one day – it was a fantastic international event. At lunch I had people from Oslo on one side, and a party from Cadiz on the other!)

        • Alina March 17, 2017 at 10:05 am - Reply

          One day I will!! And I hope to meet you there 🙂

  4. Elizabeth March 12, 2017 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Alina, have you seen the Le Petite Theatre Dior?éâtre%20Dior%20
    I is a traveling exhibition of a collection of Dior designs in miniature. The mini videos show how the miniature couture dresses were constructed. There are longer, more detailed videos on YouTube. The detail in these miniature dresses (They look to be about 16″) is breathtaking!

    • Alina March 14, 2017 at 8:53 am - Reply

      No, I haven’t! Thank you SO much, Elizabeth, for the link!!! Will save it for the evening to enjoy – sounds fascinating!!!

  5. Julie March 12, 2017 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    oooh, that first Chanel sweater is lovely!!!

    • Alina March 14, 2017 at 8:53 am - Reply

      I also loved this colorwork – quiet unusual, but very wearable!

  6. Becki March 12, 2017 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    I enjoy pictures of runway fashions. In all their kooky glory. 🙂 I’m no fashionista, but even I can pull ideas from unlikely sources. That middle skirt in the Dior collection is beautiful. The see-through-ness of course, is impractical, but the ombre effect done with lace is wonderful.

    • Alina March 14, 2017 at 8:55 am - Reply

      We have similar taste, Becki 🙂 I loved the skirt – I have no place or event in my life where I could wear it, my usual uniform is jeans and simple dresses in natural materials, but just looking at it makes me happy!

  7. Lisa March 14, 2017 at 6:50 am - Reply

    Those first three are probably my favorite – they are simple and look like something I’d wear.
    Random thought as I looked at them all – these girls look so much like barbie dolls in their faces. So much makeup! But I get why they have to do that.

    Have a great week!

    • Alina March 14, 2017 at 8:58 am - Reply

      Most of the girls almost never wear make up in their every day life – they are just so young! For the show they definitely doll them up way too much for my taste, but it is more to create an image for the performance. I also liked Chanel sweaters – simple with the twist!

  8. Andrea @ This Knitted Life March 14, 2017 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Makes my new cowl look kind of boring… xoxo

    • Alina March 20, 2017 at 8:03 am - Reply

      Noooo 🙂 It is just a different look on knitwear 🙂

  9. Susanne March 15, 2017 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Ooh, so much fun! I love how you pull all the knitwear from the fashion shows for inspiration! I think my favorites from this one are the textured bobbley sweater on the right from Dior and Sonia Rykiel’s interesting sweaters on the centre and right!

    • Alina March 17, 2017 at 10:21 am - Reply

      Thank you for the feedback 🙂 Dior’s color palette is so beautiful!

  10. Monica March 28, 2017 at 10:40 am - Reply

    You can’t beat Dior…..So elegant and beautiful! Still, I think the Milan collection was my favorite!

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