Past Forward . . . Knitting and Fashion Shift Gears
|The Ralph Lauren store at Southpark Mall in Charlotte displays some |
new fall fashions.
As I left the mall, I wondered when the fashions would change and women would be able to find classic clothes that actually possess some shaping and definition. While some stores and catalogues catering to mature women do carry clothes in muted colors, those companies have seemed unwilling to give up the whole peasant-/maternity-top look—for the last few years anyway. I was happy, therefore, when I received the September issue of Vogue, and saw lots of fitted jackets, pencil skirts, and generally structured clothing. The magazine also presented me with lots of inspiration for knitting. A Ralph Lauren ad features Fair Isle vests paired with herringbone tweed, hounds tooth, or surprisingly conservative-looking leopard coats. Michael Kors’ glossy images reveal creamy, bulky fisherman’s sweaters, and Belstaff England (a company with which I’m not familiar) displays pictures of men sporting chunky sweaters—one of them with cables. A white sweater—with distinctive cables that widen into a triangle from the neck—are in an advertisement for Chloe Boutique. And a model for Tommy Hilfiger sports an interesting rich brown cowl—more like a turtleneck due to its snug fit—with a belt and buckle around it. Hilfiger’s ads also include a man wearing a cabled sweater with suede elbow patches, a woman sporting an unusual Fair Isle sweater (almost a jacket), and another wearing knitted boot toppers.
I think what goes around does come around in the fashion world so structured more tailoreed things ought to be due for a come-back. It's very annoying to go shopping for clothes to wear every day and only find things suitable for occasional use, if that. I hope the current increasing trend for traditional knitwear with a modern take persists and that you find the choice of stuff you would actually like to wear increases. Your new shrug looks delightful - hope you're going to post a pic of the finished article in full. E xReplyDelete
Oh my, that shrug is going to be gorgeous! Rowan Tweed is such a joy to knit with too, you'll really enjoy it I'm sure. Also, I really feel you with fashion right now, I'm glad that you were able to find things that you like, I haven't been as lucky this season, all of my favorite stores have been disappointing me.ReplyDelete
The anticipation of cooler days that September brings is just the right inspiration for knitting something tweedy. Those tweedy yarns are gorgeous - I am desperate to knit a Rowan fairisle in that lovely tweed but have to control myself. Since going back to school 3 days ago I have not managed to do any knitting - I must make myself pick up the sticks at lunchtime - do you manage to do any knitting during your school day? Can't wait to see the shrug. Judy.ReplyDelete