A staple piece for the colder weather, knitwear is synonymous with warm and cosy. The following knitwear designers show knitwear can also be sexy and stylishly kooky.

 

Mark Fast

This season Mark was inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood films such as ‘What A Way to Go’, ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ and actresses such as Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day, Rita Hayworth and Lucille Ball.

Mark has innovated a technique that avoids all seams creating a smooth seamless bodycon silhouette.

Colour palette ranges from Rita Hayworth’s deep sexy hues to Doris Day’s light fun pastels.

www.markfast.net

Video of the catwalk finale:

JUNNE

The London debut collection of Chinese knitwear brand JUNNE is inspired by the renowned Mexican female artist Frida Kahlo.
 Taking the different artistic elements from paintings and artwork by Frida – designer Junne Lau builds the structure of the knit from a single yarn.

Particularly noting a series taking reference from the skeletons that are heavily presented within Frida’s paintings – JUNNE shapes the yarns to form bone-like texture in maxi shawl to fine knitted tops.

The collection also depicts pain in a modern fashion – sleek metal green sweater coat fastened with a wide girdle like belt – representing all the supportive corsets Kahlo had to wear for her spinal problems caused by a horrific bus accident in her youth.

A black dress is inspired by her painting ‘The Broken Column’ that depicts Kahlo’s suffering and injuries after her accident. On the dress are white sketches of straps, bolts and lines in the centre representing the crumbling stone column.

Eyewear – collaboration JUNNE x INMIX.

Video of the catwalk finale:

I am Chen

Inspired by the American abstract painter Agnes Martin, this season Chen has focused on classic elements such as grid, line and point. The collection shares Martin’s geometric repetition, her minimalist touch through the making of the garments in one piece and also her abstract expression with the use of an explosion of vivid colour.

www.i-am-chen.com

Matty Bovan

Inspired by folklore and myth as his bold and bright knitted suit sparkles with a touch of Lurex yarn.


Gina for COACH x Matty Bovan footwear featuring Coach signature print.

www.mattybovan.com

Apu Jan

Titled ‘The Game of Detection’ the collection pays tribute to the classic detective authors and their characters. Moving in for a ‘checkmate’, subtle and muted shades of brown are found on his knitted houndstooth and check coat with a row of chess pieces along the bottom. The coat has a matching skirt.

www.apujan.com

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