Gone are the days of your plain and casual sweater number. For fall, designers are betting on infusing knitwear with unconventional details and silhouettes using handmade techniques that evoke an artisanal feel. From graphic details on cardigans and fun and elegant embroidery to extended shoulders and knitted chain links on vests, the knitwear arena offers a bountiful glut of visual delights.
In recent years there has been a growing demand for handmade goods as consumers became more environmentally conscious and valued quality over quantity.
In the case of Teddy Vonranson’s fall collection, the designer used multicolored ikat patterns and “painted prints” to add texture, particularly on the “Palm Nordic” ski sweater (including palm trees), a reef on a winter beach.
Knitwear specialist Henry Zankov has carved a niche in this category with his up-and-coming label Zankov. For fall, the designer offers graphic, visual optimism through men’s, women’s and genderless styles that are bias-knit.
The Elder Statesman ethos is rooted in excellence in craftsmanship, and the fall collection nods to organic cotton and cashmere fishing nets, patchwork and handloom techniques in ready-to-wear and homewares.
The knitwear arena lends itself to many avenues of exploration, from psychedelic graphic prints to vibrant cable-knit numbers in oversized silhouettes.
Conley Averett is the knitwear designer for Khaite, but his own designs for his label — Judy Turner — have more of a tribal-punk craft sensibility, with pieces like an irregular checkerboard pattern, a shrunken cardigan and a crocheted red floral patterned scarf that’s styled like a corset will be carried .
With innovative fibres, fabrics, designs and manufacturing techniques, it is evident that knitwear is an impressive addition to the fashion industry.
For more fall trends, see:
corset it is
Bold statements in outerwear
The new power suit