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Knitwear is a huge trend every single year and here at CEFashion; we’ve compiled all the trend reports from New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week and all the AW14 catwalk shows around the world to bring you this winter’s most wanted knitwear trends. From the ever growing trend of folksy fashion to the return to one of the world’s most iconic knitting styles, we bring you the must-have looks for your winter wardrobe.
Chunky knits are really making a big impact this year. Think oversized cardigans, chunky cable knitted jumpers and huge polo necks which add drama to any winter outfit. Designers such as Prabal Gurung and Marc Jacobs have hit the runways with their chunky knit creations, displaying everything from knitted dresses to huge floor length scarves. Following on from the major designers at London Fashion Week, some high street leaders have also shared their chunky knitted designs on the runway, according to this report by LurchHoundLoves.com.
Stemming from the chunky knits trend, the cable knitting style is by far the most talked about of the moment. It can be seen in high street stores everywhere and was first influenced by big LFW and PFW designers, such as Mark Fast who brought together loud colours like cobalt blue and pillar box red with huge textures. This knitting style is one of the most iconic styles of the 70s and 80s and now the catwalk brings us back to a time-honoured winter wardrobe look.
Believe it or not, creating your own homemade knitting could be bang on trend for AW14/15. This fall trend was inspired by catwalk legends such as Diane Von Furtensberg and Rebecca Taylor at New York Fashion Week earlier this year. Think vibrant colours, folksy patterns, cute beading and vintage-inspired crochet. Grabbing a vintage knit and customising it or knitting your own kitsch design from scratch will give your winter wardrobe the complete edge. And if you’re an upcycling fan, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s now 100% chic to revive old, unwanted sweaters from your grandmother’s cupboard thanks to genius designers at NYFW.
Primary colours and vibrant colours are hot this season according to catwalk reports. But another colour trend that’s just as prevalent is the subtle use of soft, muted shades such as soft peachy pinks or simple nudes. Keep it tonal like Hugo Boss and Marc Jacobs at NYFW by bringing together a variety of cream and nudes to create a one-shade outfit that’s both subtle and elegant. To really give your all-nude look the ultimate edge, invest in high quality wools such as cashmere or 100% lambswool. Shop lambswool knits for men and women at Edinburgh Woollen Mill.
Even though our minds are still in “Summer mode”, there is nothing wrong with looking ahead to Fall fashions, since some areas of the world get cooler sooner than others. When I think of the seasons of Fall and Winter, I immediately think of an Irish cardigan but especially their sweaters.
One eternally popular kind of sweater is the Irish Knit. Aside from the patterned knits that we are used to seeing, some Irish knit sweaters like the Classic Men’s Rolled Donegal Heavy Sweater that I found at , a premier site for Irish gifts, is a simple flat knit that is made of a grey and white heathered Merino wool. This type of wool sweater is one that even the most finicky of sweater wearers will not shy away from because this special blend of wool from Donegal Ireland is known to be without the “itch”, sometimes found in traditional wool sweaters.
Ok, so the season of cleaning has begun, which includes ditching that awful winter wear that somehow made it into your closet. (We won’t judge – just burn that sweater already.) Frankly, it’s not your fault: It seems that designers recently have turned to favor the more “unusual” knitwear, with D&G fronting their winter 2010 campaign with a collection of Fair Isle knits, and their signature “nana knit”.
Just to demonstrate how bad knitwear can get, here are a list of the ugliest pieces of knitwear straight from the catwalk, as well as even uglier knitwear lurking on the web! And who better to kick start the list than Henry Holland? Famous for his 80’s prints and graphic tee’s, his recent successes include a collaboration with major tights brand Pretty Polly, he has also landed himself a range in department store Debenhams, and with Agnes Deyn fronting his campaign, who can deny his authority amongst the fashion elite? His cardigan is still ugly…
Another up and coming UK designer James Long, is famous for his signature leather and knitwear pieces. His summer 2010 collection drew inspiration from quality street wrappers, combined with some leather and select pieces of knitwear. Uh, no dice, that’s like combining baby formula and vodka.
To add to his strange collections, James Long’s A/W 2011 showed a continuation of the knitwear theme. He drew inspiration from, “mayhem, forests and fog horizons” – we say he drew inspiration from Kermit the frog.
Sibling of London, an all male fashion trio are hot property on the London fashion scene having worked with Alexandar McQueen, Giles Deacon and Lanvin to name a few. They produce “innovative knitwear designs” in “zingy” colors, inclulding a Bet Lynch inspired leopard jumper. I don’t even want to touch that one.
It seems that more commonly known designers are also committing knitwear crimes, Diesel describe one of its latest creations as having a contrast asymmetric woven pattern to the chest, chunky ribbed trim with a stripe design. What a description, I’ll never buy it now!
The bad knitwear crime doesn’t just stop at jumpers, it also extends to cardigan crime, with this “Humor” (aptly named) multi colored cardigan, featuring a bright colored Fair Isle knit to the shoulders, a ribbed shawl collar, patch pockets to the front and a button fastening. Clown cardigan?
To add to all the cardigan crime, Junk De Lux offers a “Aztec” print cardigan. Not quite as loud and bright as the Humor design, but equally clashing, the cream, navy and brown wool mix knitted cardigan features a narrow shawl neck ribbed collar, a button through fastening and pockets to the front… just in case you want to dress like Grandpa.
It seems that the demand for hideous knitwear is ever increasing, with online stores dedicated to the sale of pre owned knitwear crimes. Check out these two hand-me-downs, one would be great as an overly fancy bee costume and the other a gift for a (clueless) golf fanatic:
So, it seems there are plenty of options out there for the novelty knitwear lover, to channel such a stupid trend. You never know, you may follow in the footsteps of the Clancy brothers, and your notwear knitwear may become a hit! (Yeah, right.)
In conclusion, it seems knitwear doesn’t always have to be plain and conservative… but sometimes it’s better that way. If any of the above don’t take your fancy then check out the designer knitwear range at John Smedley. Pick out a good old fashioned merino wool sweater and play it safe!