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The Season of The Sweater


Fashion’s most favourable security blanket; the sweater, is forever a sartorial given and is inevitably a must-have the moment that slight chill in the air arises. Once typically associated with middle-aged professional types and Stepford twin sets, the dependable, cosy sweater has come on quite a stylish journey since then, with today’s fashion-forward additions being nothing less than desirable.

The Autumn/Winter 2017 catwalks certainly reaffirmed to us that knitwear attains plenty of fashion mileage yet and will continue to pioneer amid the colder months. They took to the runways in every shape and colour, harking back to traditional styles and others having been injected with a dose of the twenty-first-century charm.

A classic, Fair Isle woollen sweater always ticks the boxes, as its versatile look can be styled in its traditional country sense with jodhpurs and riding boots, or in the instance of this season, be transported into a whole new realm. Anya Hindmarch’s Fair Isle sweater was seen cropped and styled with teeny tiny velvet or plastic shorts, whilst Jonathan Anderson emblazoned ‘Loewe’ into his vintage knits and paired them with a pink, circular spaghetti midi.

Who could resist the ultra-comforting, albeit chic allure of the oversized sweater? Super-sized additions came from Balenciaga, where Demna Gvasalia embraced trailing sleeves and roomy roll necks in a range of beautiful vivid hues, suggesting big is always better. Chunky woolens with slouchy trousers were also seen at Joseph, were baby pinks and deep reds creatively clashed.

Sweaters that attained a major fashion reboot were the most interesting of them all. Miu Miu’s neatly fitting woollens were decorated with gold embroidery and nipped in at the waist with a belt, whilst deconstructed sweaters nonchalantly hung off the body at Christopher Kane and structural additions with half a peplum prevailed at Louis Vuitton.

There’s a sweater for everyone this season!

Words by Katie Farley

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