*post by Victoria Snape
December 14, 2011
August 17, 2011
I was totally blown away by these pieces from Knitwear Designer, Kristen Orme. They are all part of her Masters project from Heriot-Watt University, in which she focused on designing and knitting a garment shape that is reversible and reworkable. Kristen explains the project here:
“My MA work focuses on sustainable design in knitwear. Design for sustainability can sometimes be overshadowed by the significance of ethical materials sourcing and manufacture, but it is quite an important aspect of slow and sustainable fashion. Slow fashion is concerned with quality and life-cycle, and by designing for the customer’s needs, you can create a more meaningful wearing experience. I have been very inspired by things like Eliza Starbuck‘s Little Black Dress design for Sheena Mateiken’s Uniform Project, in which a basic garment can be transformed in many various styles through different body applications or accessories styling. By being more careful and informed in what we buy, we can have a longer-lasting wardrobe that is more meaningful and updateable as trends pass.
Setting out to create something that has different views or looks, I began with knitting. As I am predominantly a hand knitter, I am intrigues by the concept that creating seamless, yet perfectly shaped and well-fitting garments is a very unique characteristic to knitting that woven fabrics do not possess. Utilising the organic nature of knitting – that is, shaping and fashioning within the knitted piece itself – and the capabilities for unique structures within the fabric, I developed a concept for reversible and reworkable knitwear. By creating the fabric with colour, fashioning (shaping), and stitch pattern, you are simultaneously creating the garment or garment pieces, and as such, zero waste is created.
Transferring this organic attribute to machine-knitting, I developed reversible fabric samples on a 12-gauge Shima Seiki® that eliminate the perception of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ sides of the fabric. I channelled intrinsic fashioning and the reversibility concept through to a garment that can be worn in many ways, depending upon the wearer’s mood or occasion. This multi-functional design invites the wearer to ‘play’ with their clothes, creating a dialogue between themselves and their own wardrobe that indirectly creates meaning and values to garments that may otherwise be tossed aside after a few wears. The garment can be worn as a cape, a dress, or a skirt, and within those methods of wear there are even more styling options due to its reversible nature.”
I am sad to say that these pieces are not yet for sale, but you can purchase Kristen’s other knitting patterns on her beautiful blog. Enjoy!
August 2, 2011
I am super excited to introduce you all to the work of Hannah Buswell. She is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art, where she specialized in Womenswear Knits. These pieces are part of her final collection and I just love them! The collection was designed, pattern cut, and knitted entirely by Hannah and she collaborated with textile designer Amy Ellis to create the printed pieces. I am really in awe of Hannah’s work…to see more from Hannah visit her website and blog. Enjoy!!
June 7, 2011
*images via vogue.com, compilations via Pattern Observer
I just couldn’t wait until tomorrow to share this fantastic resort collection from Burberry. I love how they used tribal inspired prints and colors in a totally wearable manner.
February 25, 2011
*images via vogue.com
Fantastic hair seen at Thakoon Fall ’11. Have a great weekend everyone!!!!
February 24, 2011
*images via vogue.com from Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW
Amazing collection of colors and prints from Jonathan Saunders, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite designers. The vibrant blue and orange is gorgeous and I am really digging the bird print that softens the geometric prints in the collection. I love how the collection has a soft vintage flair to it..it is not “costumey”, but just has the essence of another time. lovely.
February 24, 2011
*images from clockwise: Bensoni Fall ’11 via style.com, Cynthia Rowley Fall ’11 via style.com, Preen Fall ’11 via vogue.com, Gary Graham Fall ’11 via style.com, Rodarte Fall ’11 via vogue.com, Tommy Hilfiger Fall ’11 via vogue.com, Rachel Comey via style.com, LAMB via style.com
I think fun, unique sweaters are a big up-and-coming trend for future seasons. The economy needs a little boost before most of us can run out and by super trendy pieces that you only want to wear for a season or two, but the concept of a graphic tee for the winter is a cool idea. In the meantime here are some beautiful sweaters seen at NYFW. Enjoy!
January 27, 2011
December 23, 2010
December 10, 2010
Thanks to Fashion Gone Rogue for posting this amazing story from the November issue of Numéro. The shoot was styled by Charles Varenne and photographed by Sebastian Kim. I really like how they paired the fair isle, which has been around for several seasons, with florals and furs which are a nod towards more recent/future trends.
November 4, 2010
*images via vogue
Proenza Schouler’s resort 2011 collection is a great example of how to execute natural dying/printing techniques in a glamorous fashion. Well, maybe that poncho isn’t exactly glamorous, but the colors are wonderful and it looks adorable with those shibori-esque shorts. I also want to point out all the different design elements in the black sweater. Beautiful…!