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Fashion Forward: Needlearts on the Runway

Posted By TNNA Editor, Thursday, July 27, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 27, 2017

Fashion Forward: Needlearts on the Runway

By: Ellen Lewis

As part of the fashion industry, couture and ready-to-wear designers and their shows heavily influence the yarn and hand knitting industry. The most recent London show for Autumn/Winter 2017 was an early peek at what will be trending in stores as runway looks trickle down to ready to wear.  


Trend 1: Deconstructed Knitwear

Some looks are unlikely to make it to most knitters' needles such as deconstructed knitwear like this three-sleeved sweater from Christopher Kane.


This pullover-cardigan hybrid from Burberry available at Saks Fifth Avenue is also an example of something that many needlearts professionals may use only for inspiration.



Though many of us may not knit these garments, look for designs that feature mismatched button bands, half collars, and asymmetrical styling from the more avant-garde hand-knitting designers.


Trend 2: Oversized Knits

Another trends we are likely to see include oversized cozy knits with plenty of ease and generous sleeves.  Acne Studios, Prada, and Chloe, are all showing exaggerated sleeves, dropped shoulders, and thigh-length pullovers.  




Trend 3: Chunky and Textured Fabrics

Another look we're likely to see reflected in yarns available and designs created are chunky fabrics that focus on texture.   Some fashion critics have referred to this style as Soft Armor, with gently padded shoulder lines and thick bold cables, bobble, and honeycomb stitches that create a feeling of safety inside the clothes.  This pink and white pullover from Aldo Martins is a perfect example.

Part of this whole over-sized and heavily textured look is related to Hygge, the Danish concept of getting cozy.  Especially nice for yarn store owners, as these giant garments take lots of yarn, and fit is not an issue!  


Trend 4: Sleeves and Peplums

Some of the more subtle trends include bell sleeves and peplums, shown her in a design by Cinq a Sept and Altuzarra.



What trends in knitwear have you seen on the runways?  Share what you're seeing and how you plan to feature it in your shop with us by posting on Facebook and tagging @TNNAORG.


About the Author

Ellen Lewis is the owner of Crazy for Ewe in Leonardtown, Maryland. Ellen opened Crazy for Ewe in 2004 after a career in management consulting for the Department of Defense. She is vice president of her local business association, leading the organization's Mastermind Group, chairing the First Friday Committee, and supporting the Marketing Committee. Ellen has four children and a big fluffy Old English Sheepdog Dorey.  

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Christine Forester, Aalta Yarn says...
Posted Thursday, July 27, 2017
Ellen, wonderful insides here! Thanks for all you do! Which design would be your favorite for Aalta Truth?
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