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AW15 Looks like it will be a good knitting season…..

In my role as a knitwear designer  for the fashion industry, every season I have to attend trade fairs and predict trends and sift through a lot of information before I even put pen to paper, or in my case, graphics tablet pen to illustrator. But my favourite bit, mainly because I’m biting my nails waiting to see if my trend predictions were right, is definitely the catwalk sifting. Yes there is a lot of pictures and on the whole, a bit of a tedious task to undertake, but every so often you’ll find something that inspires you or just makes you smile.

Autumn Winter 15 looks like it will be a really good year for knitwear and that makes me very excited, because when it is all over the catwalks, then that means there is an influx of new knitters and more importantly, a little bit more street cred to a hobby that can sometimes be viewed as a bit old fashioned. I love the fact that every time the designers get behind it, knitting just seems cool and that means magazines get on it and then so does the news and so on and so on until we have an amazing set of new patterns by lots of designers appearing all over the place. Amazing.

 

A Détacher AW15

A Détacher AW15

A Détacher AW15

A Détacher AW15

 

Alexander Wang AW15

Alexander Wang AW15

Alice + Olivia AW15

Alice + Olivia AW15

 

Alexander Wang AW15

Alexander Wang AW15

Alexander Wang AW15

Alexander Wang AW15

 

Alice + Olivia AW15

Alice + Olivia AW15

3.1 Phillip Lim AW15

3.1 Phillip Lim AW15

 

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Some great SS15 Resort Knits

I love to take all sorts of things on the catwalk and turn them into my version for hand or machine knitters, but I do think it is important to pay homage to the knit designs being put forward by designers. So I’m going to keep this post fairly short and give you some inspiration for your Spring Summer projects and knits.

SS15 Resort. Spring Summer 2015 Jonathan Saunders

SS15 Resort Jonathan Saunders

SS15 Resort. Spring Summer 2015 Tibi

SS15 Resort Tibi

SS15 Resort. Spring Summer 2015 Tibi

SS15 Resort Tibi

SS15 Resort. Spring Summer 2015 Jonathan Saunders

SS15 Resort Jonathan Saunders

SS15 Resort. Spring Summer 2015 Marc Jacobs

SS15 Resort Marc Jacobs

SS15 Resort. Spring Summer 2015 Jonathan Saunders

SS15 Resort Jonathan Saunders

 

 

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SS15 is looking bright….. looking orange

Well the catwalks aren’t yet over and we’re only just over half way through, but the good news is that there is something for everyone. Florals are looking tropical with a mixtures of both dark and light prints. There are deep and moody elements. Soft feminine 50’s shapes. Masculine monochrome and a very sporty relaxed look.

Personally, I’m loving the sporty stuff. It’s relaxed and comfortable. Who doesn’t like comfortable right? Relaxed wide trousers are really appealing to me just because they look very stylish, but are so comfortable especially in hot summer days, especially as I’m packing some extra stuff around my thighs.

And some colour! Yay. I was a little concerned when I was doing my trend predictions a few months ago that everything would be black and white, or fairly dark, but then came the Fresh Sporty look. I have to say I was a little relieved. I’m loving the bright corals, oranges, reds and blues for next Summer and I have to admit I am slowly getting into more white these days.

The new sporty look also means I can get rid of my high heals on occasion and I have a complete excuse to be sporty in the office. Now I know that not everyone can do that at work, but as someone who works in fashion, it is completely allowed. So on that note, I thought I’d try and give you some mild sporty ideas that you might be able to add into the work place without getting fired, but making you super comfortable and I hope, give you some inspiration for creating some knit projects. The tops below I think will be great for knit projects and regardless of your style, there is something for everyone.

 

SS15 Spring Summer 2015 Sporty relaxed clothes M Missoni

SS15 M Missoni

SS15 Spring Summer 2015 Sporty relaxed clothes DKNY

SS15 DKNY

SS15 Spring Summer 2015 Sporty relaxed clothes DKNY

SS15 DKNY

SS15 Spring Summer 2015 Sporty relaxed clothes Derek Lam 10 Crosby

SS15 Derek Lam 10 Crosby

SS15 Spring Summer 2015 Sporty relaxed clothes Antonio Berardi

SS15 Antonio Berardi

SS15 Spring Summer 2015 Sporty relaxed clothes Alice + Olivia

SS15 Alice + Olivia

 

 

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Some more Florals for AW14

So yes, the floral trends have not left us just yet. After publishing the TRENDS: Floral book last summer, floral prints have just exploded ad don’t look set to stop for some time. Next SS15 sees the return of more tropical designs and colours for your palette. Purples and rich reds and blues will feature heavily with darker backgrounds. For now though, SS14 is all summer and light flowers. Spring garden designs and large blooms. AW14 though goes darker again with winter colours and the designs go graphic at one extreme and very traditional on the other. So with that, let’s get some inspiration for our floral designs for winter.

My favourite has to definitely be the colour combinations on the Temperley collection. I love those bright mix of pinks and blues with all of the traditional Autumnal colours. Perfect!

Temperley AW14 Floral knitting design inspiration for hand and machine knitting

Temperley AW14

Temperley AW14 Floral knitting design inspiration for hand and machine knitting

Temperley AW14

Temperley AW14 Floral knitting design inspiration for hand and machine knitting

Temperley AW14

Sonia Rykiel AW14 Floral knitting design inspiration for hand and machine knitting

Sonia Rykiel AW14

Blumarine AW14 Floral knitting design inspiration for hand and machine knitting

Blumarine AW14

Badgley Mischka AW14 Floral knitting design inspiration for hand and machine knitting

Badgley Mischka AW14

Andrew Gn AW14 Floral knitting design inspiration for hand and machine knitting

Andrew Gn

Alberta Ferretti AW14 Floral knitting design inspiration for hand and machine knitting

Alberta Ferretti AW14

Thakoon AW14 Floral knitting design inspiration for hand and machine knitting

Thakoon AW14

Temperley AW14 Floral knitting design inspiration for hand and machine knitting

Temperley AW14

Rodarte AW14 Floral knitting design inspiration for hand and machine knitting

Rodarte AW14

Rodarte AW14 Floral knitting design inspiration for hand and machine knitting

Rodarte AW14

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AW14 Snoods

I know it’s not yet summer, but in the world of fashion, we’ve already planned for Autumn Winter 2014. It looks like some of the magazines are also looking ahead to Winter and in preparation for the cold weather ahead, snoods are here to stay. Here’s some great inspiration for some knitty gifts or accessories you might want to make for yourself this winter.

All beautifully snuggly and chunky neck wraps for either hand or machine knits. I love the middle one. The chunky knit and multi textured yarn looks super warm for the snowy cold weather coming up.

Vogue Brazil June 2014 knitting inspiration for Snood accessories for hand and machine knitting

Vogue Brazil June 2014 knitting inspiration for Snood accessories for hand and machine knitting Vogue Brazil June 2014b Vogue Brazil June 2014c

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AW14 knitting

So the fashion weeks have been and gone [almost] and I wanted to talk about the knitty opposites coming this winter. Yep AW14 will be a season of opposites knitting. For those of you who love the simple life, then you are in luck. It looks like there will be lots of streamlines, simple shapes and minimal rib textures, mixed with polo necks and simple shapes. Hurrah. So it’s plain knitting all the way. Once again for you machine knitters out there, your winter is very bleak in terms of trends. There was some lace still around so you will be able to focus on that, but winter traditionally belongs to the hand knitters and this season was no different. Chunky ans simple.

Well that is until you get to the opposite side of the spectrum, that was full on colour and frills. Yep, those of you who love to be noticed, will also have a great season. Again machine knitters, fairly slim on the simple fine knits, but hand knitters will be loving it. Don’t let it put you off though. You machine knitters, know you’re great at adaption and I’m sure you’ll find something to replicate. For hand knitters, the chunky yarn is the key to winter, and there is colour bursting off the body. Woo hoo!

I do love a bit of colour in design. Have to say that I am really loving the ruffles by 3.1 Phillip Lim. May have to do that on the machine this year. Could you imagine some great ruffle wrap in an angora or cashmere. Yum!

AW14 knitting trends for hand and machine knitters Wayne

Wayne

AW14 knitting trends for hand and machine knitters 3.1 Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim

AW14 knitting trends for hand and machine knitters A.L.C.

A.L.C.

AW14 knitting trends for hand and machine knitters A.F. Vandevorst

A.F. Vandevorst

AW14 knitting trends for hand and machine knitters Wes Gordon

Wes Gordon

AW14 knitting trends for hand and machine knitters Vera Wang

Vera Wang

AW14 knitting trends for hand and machine knitters Emanuel Ungaro

Emanuel Ungaro

AW14 knitting trends for hand and machine knitters Chanel

Chanel

AW14 knitting trends for hand and machine knitters Balenciaga

Balenciaga

AW14 knitting trends for hand and machine knitters Araks

Araks

AW14 knitting trends for hand and machine knitters Alberta Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti

AW14 knitting trends for hand and machine knitters 3.1 Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim

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Flowers are just everywhere

Well I know that it’s Christmas and at this time of the year you are probably more concerned with finishing off the last of your Christmas gifts, or organising events, or just wishing that Santa will bring you all the lovely things on your list. Well yes I have to admit that I am too, but after Christmas day, what to do with my fingers? Ah the empty space of the knitting needles. Well fret not. Your knitting can start to concentrate on Summer 2014. Yep it really has come around quickly.

And what is on my mind for Spring? Flowers. Oh yes. It’s by no coincidence that the trend book this year was all about the flowery knits. [ Click here to see the book if you want ]  Flowers are the hot topic for Spring Summer 2014 and I can guarantee that they will be all over the place, from underwear to coats. If you’re looking for some inspiration from fashion, then W Magazine Dec 13 / Jan 14  really is an all out flower fest. I love this, from the shoes and tights to knitted jumper dresses, floral items are definitely on my shopping list for next year.

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Knitting Charts for flowers. Yes TRENDS : FLORAL is here

Knitting chart bool for flowers Hand Knitting Chart, Machine Knitting Charl. flowers Floral PatternsKnitting chart bool for flowers Hand Knitting Chart, Machine Knitting Charl. flowers Floral PatternsOH YES IT’S FINALLY HERE! TRENDS : FLORALS

I’m so excited. The girls worked so hard on this book and there are some real complicated little bits in there. Still have the basic ones too don’t worry. Loads of 2 colour, kitsch, repeats and in this one borders in horizontal and vertical graphs. You can find out loads more in the shop and if you are interested I’m also tagging on [ for free ]  the Large Graphical Repeat graph for the machine knit dress I did back in the summer. That one is 8 pages for the back and 8 for the front by itself, so well worth picking it up now.

If you want to have a look through the inside, there are loads of pages in the shop gallery or if you bought the last book and are familiar with the layout, then you can add it to your shopping bag below.

Happy knitting everyone.

 

 

Design Book TRENDS: FLORALS
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Oh for the love of Knitting!

If ever there was an inspirational collection for 2014,  or any season in fact, this would be it! Valentino Summer 2014 show was purely colourful. All the inspiration, print, graphic, trim, detail and effects any designer could want as an inspirational starting point. This sort of collection could keep someone going for months.

Knitting is no exception. The detail in the patterning, not to mention the fact that much of it was squares and diamonds, would look wonderful in knit. Mix in some beading or fringing trim, I wouldn’t be able to stop knitting. Have you guessed that I am in love with this collection yet? Oh in a world of drab collections at NY, some elements of crazy in London, and overall just a bit of a mundane set of fashion weeks all round. THIS show perked me up no end. Also have a look at the fringing and tassels that are included too. I wrote about this a couple of weeks ago now as a future trend and I really believe this is something to be playing with for your summer knits.

If you want to have a look at the related fringing post you can read it here:

Fringing Cardi : A Fringe Cardi to end all fringe cardi’s

Fringing as a trend :  The Summer Idea! Fringing!

J’adore beaux vêtements Valention! Here is some inspiration to get those knitting needles working and your sketching pens at the ready!

Valentino 2014

Valentino 2014

Valentino 2014

Valentino 2014

Valentino 2014

Valentino 2014

Valentino 2014

Valentino 2014

Valentino 2014

Valentino 2014

 

Valentino 2014

Valentino 2014

Valentino 2014

Valentino 2014

Valentino 2014

Valentino 2014

Valentino 2014

Valentino 2014

Valentino 2014

 

 

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Exciting looks for lace lovers!

One of the biggest trends for SS14 will definitely be lace. So those of you knitters who love a bit of lace, get ready. There will be all sorts of lace from the simplest eyelet based ideas to the most complex, all over or intricate ideas. So whatever level of lace knitter you are, now is the time to start sharpening those needles and searching for some lace ideas.

At this point I want to reference a blog I was reading earlier today. I don’t usually reference many knitting blogs, mainly due to the overtly fashion element I have going on here at TA and to be fair, I’m not really a shawl wearer, but in the knitting world I know shawls are really popular and lace ones are a great way to start with a smallish project. I came across this post and I was really impressed both by the colour of the yarn, but also the lace stitch overall. It has a great combination of weight and openness to the stitch. I should point out that I am talking about the first shawl on the page. The red one pictured for point 1 of the post. The shoulders are really beautifully constructed. So it definitely worth checking out this pattern. You can buy it on Ravelry and there is a link to the pattern itself. Costing $6 US

Blog post: http://picnicknits.com/knitting/size-matters/

For those of you who want some creative ideas to get your juices flowing, here are some great inspirational images for SS14 that I will including in my own idea pot for my new designs. There are some really great features of the lace, even in the simplest of ideas. The first one pictured for example by Catherine Malandrino, has a really great detail around the shoulders and cuff. Love that. Threeasfour went way more OTT but I love the combination of solid areas mixed with areas of intricate lace work. Easier said when you are cutting fabric panels, I know, but that is the challenge isn’t it……

Catherine Malandrino SS14 Lace trend

Catherine Malandrino SS14

Christian Siriano SS14 Lace trend

Christian Siriano SS14

Julien Macdonald SS14 Lace trend

Julien Macdonald SS14

Julien Macdonald SS14 Lace trend

Julien Macdonald SS14

Pringle of Scotland SS14 Lace trend

Pringle of Scotland SS14

Thakoon SS14 Lace trend

Thakoon SS14

Threeasfour SS14 Lace trend

Threeasfour SS14

Threeasfour SS14 Lace trend

Threeasfour SS14

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Orange is the colour for Summer 2014

So with a bit of bad timed flu, I was a bit slow off the mark for fashion week. But with catching up through all of the shows, I was a bit disappointed that some of the shows felt a little flat this season. Usually, I would be scribbling like a mad woman throughout the catwalks. The details on the designs, colours and the wealth of inspiration, but this season felt like there was just a back to basics theme across the board.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are always some designers that go down the simple route and that is just their aesthetic. It works for them and it’s just their style but there is always those designers that takes risks. The pop of colour or design that catches my eye. This season just felt a little different. A little flat if you will. But there was one glimmer of hope. Orange!

Yep orange! Not the most usual colour for any season and some would argue that it’s not the most flattering, but in a season and sea of plain white and black clothes, the orange was a little ray of hope.

Now the orange runs from a really pure summery orange in places through to a very orange based red. The orange based red is definitely the easier to wear for most people and a little less striking on the eyes. It could even be stretched so far as to move it into a coral. This one seemed to be the most popular across the collections and it was interesting to see that in many cases it was just one big column of orange! For SS14, I’m glad there was some risk takers. Who thought orange could be so stylish.

Blumarine SS14 Orange theme

Blumarine SS14

Catherine Malandrino SS14 Orange theme

Catherine Malandrino SS14

DKNY SS14 Orange theme

DKNY SS14

Dsquared² SS14 Orange theme

Dsquared² SS14

Pringle of Scotland SS14 Orange theme

Pringle of Scotland SS14

Tibi SS14 Orange theme

Tibi SS14

Tracy Reese SS14 Orange theme

Tracy Reese SS14

Vivienne Tam SS14 Orange theme

Vivienne Tam SS14

Vivienne Westwood SS14 Orange theme

Vivienne Westwood SS14

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The Summer Idea! Fringing!

OK so I know we’re not even into Winter here in the northern hemisphere, but if you didn’t know, the catwalks for SS14 are happening at the moment and Fashion Week is one of my busiest times of the year. So I’ve been trawling through designs and pictures and shows over the past couple of weeks and one reason was that a while ago I found a few little warning signs that a certain trend might be fighting it’s way back in for summer.

In a good way  though…… I actually don’t mind a bit of fringing, tasteful fringing I might add……… so this week was a chance for me to see if my ‘gut’ had done it again…….. and the answer is yes. The confirmation is in. Fringing has been seen on a number of the catwalk collections, so I guess it is time to start looking at summer fringing. I’m actually super excited about this. 1. because I have been updating my portfolio recently and there is a ton load of fringing prediction in there, so phewwww and 2. because I saw an idea a while back that was just so beautiful that I couldn’t resist putting it into knit. For now that is all I will say on the matter, mainly because it will be an epic pattern undertaking and honestly, I’m hoping I get it done before Christmas, but you know that there is always that chance….. the fringing trim is still in progress and I’m only 8 Rows in, which has taken 4 days……. yep, epic!

Anyway, enough of my ramblings, onto some inspiration for SS14 fringing.

Altuzarra SS14

Altuzarra SS14

Altuzarra SS14

Altuzarra SS14

Altuzarra SS14

Altuzarra SS14

Anna Sui SS14

Anna Sui SS14

Christian Siriano SS14

Christian Siriano SS14

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Checks for Winter 2013

Winter is coming! Yay…… well I know it means it’s getting colder but for knitters, winter is so full of knitting  goodness that I think all knitters have a little happiness when Winter or at leat Autumn or fall if you are American is coming. Go on admit it, you love a bit of cold to display your finest cables

Well if you love a bit of colour, and you know I do, checks will be a really great way to move into the winter weather whilst keeping that flash of colour in your knits. Now there are a few things to think about. Now a check design is designed by laying different colours of stripes to create a grid, typically the same thickness, like a chess board for example. A tartan is a more complicated version of this which was used to represent a family or clan in Scotland. These can have any number of colours, with all sorts of line and square thickness. Now I know they are different, but just for ease, lets call both here ‘check’ and bobble knits!

A way of doing a different check and tartan for knittingIn terms of colour, most people go with that traditional red or green check that is really typical of the Scottish theme, [ although most people assume it’s English- it’s OK we’ve all done it ]. Or if you go with a more typical English check, you’re looking at more browns and blues or black and white. But what about the colour part. Well traditional checks can be extremely beautiful, but if like me you want something a little different, black is a really great base to make colour just leap off the fabric. If you don’t want to be so daring, then grey is a great alternative.

Don’t forget, you don’t have to stick to the traditional colours of a check knit. Why not some fuschia? Lime green? Or what about an effect like maybe doing a 2 colour knit with diamond shapes and then overstitch a highlight colour with a tapestry yarn like the image left. There are loads of possibilities that you can try to make them look a bit different. Checks can be a typical 2 colour check, or you can add as many colours as you want for a more complex tartan.

For machine knitters, you might be limited by the amount of colours your machine can cope with or if you have a colour changer, but this could be where you could add the overstitching? Think about getting creative with the spacing, design, colour placement or even what you can add to the surface to change the design…..

I am actually getting very excited just writing about all of the possibilities…… right I’m off to get designing.

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Vintage Update for AW13

If you are following along with the Design and Trends area on our Resources Page, you’ll know about the sophisticated hoarder [click here to go to the theme page] theme. It’s a confusing trend, unless like me you have spent time around the Spitalfields Market area of East London [ as in London England ]. It’s confusing because people can’t really decide on the look. Is it vintage? Is it modern twists? Is it a specific era? Which colours? What fabrics? What shapes? Well the answer is both all and none. So there is the confusion….. The simplest way to explain it is to put your mind in a vintage era, mainly between the 40’s and 60’s and imagine that you are part of the excitement of the leaps in technology of the time. The fashion movements, the feminist developments, the progress in society. All of that excitement of progression and the future. And now mix the fashion of that time and mix it with the excitement of today’s technology, fashion etc etc….. It’s completely a mind-set and way of viewing life. Rethink the technology and details of fashion available today, combined with vintage pieces of yester year. Make sense? Well if it doesn’t, let’s grab some inspiration from the magazines. Vogue Italia for August 2013 did an amazing job of covering this trend in a few different photoshoots.

Vogue-Italia-August-2013

Vogue Italia August 2013

 

Vogue-Italia-August-2013

Vogue Italia August 2013

 

Vogue-Italia-August-2013

Vogue Italia August 2013

 

Vogue-Italia-August-2013

Vogue Italia August 2013

 

Vogue-Italia-August-2013

Vogue Italia August 2013

 

Vogue-Italia-August-2013

Vogue Italia August 2013

 

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More Flower Power

So the main trend for Summer 2014 are florals…… really that’s it. The power of flower motifs and colours will be all over everything with embroideries, prints, buttons, details, in all types of colours and styles. The key for SS14 will be light and summery but closer to home, AW13 will be more regal with elements of golds and metallics. Deeper colours and more vivid luscious colours are key for next season. Then it’s into spring and summer with a light refreshing air. Lighter colours, fresh palette combinations and that typical light aesthetic that is so typical of summer, mixing aspects of light, vivid colours and fun.

For knitting, Winter is always a great time to get your design going. A really great part of this flower inspiration will be all of the different things you can take from the inspiration. Colour is the most important thing and something really exciting. For AW there are loads of vibrant rich teals and greens with that passionate mix of tropical deep reds, blues and purples. The mix of these will be so vibrant on there own, it will make such an impact. Large single motifs will be key for jumpers, and the larger the better. All over leafy repeats will have an amazing effect. Push your flower inspiration further into embroideries, over stitching and even textures, like mixes of bobbles and cables

So a really great photoshoot was from Harper’s Bazaar UK May 2013. It sums up the feeling of summer far better than I can write and for winter, Vogue Brazil April 2013 just summed it up.

Vogue Brazil April 2013 Floral

Vogue Brazil April 2013

Vogue Brazil April 2013 Floral

Vogue Brazil April 2013

Harpers Bazaar UK May 2013 Florals

Harpers Bazaar UK May 2013

Harpers Bazaar UK May 2013 Florals

Harpers Bazaar UK May 2013

Vogue Brazil April 2013 Floral

Vogue Brazil April 2013

Vogue Brazil April 2013 Floral

Vogue Brazil April 2013

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Glove Inspiration

Nina Ricci knit gloves AW13

Nina Ricci AW13

So I’ve been focusing on gloves for a week or so and my journey to get behind these unusual and somewhat scary accessories for knitting has turned out to be something wonderful. But I shouldn’t ignore the wealth of inspiration that made me eventually take the plunge. For AW in any year, gloves are a necessary accessory. Even in the warmest countries in the world, when the temperature drops, people get cold and the hands definitely feel it.

For some of the year I go to Hong Kong to be with my partner Tim. He got a job there a few years ago and I am lucky enough that my job can be done from any location. I completely appreciate that I am truly blessed to have that kind of freedom. The strange observation from a born and bred London girl is that when we get to winter in the UK it get’s cold. We’re talking around 3-5 degrees on average, but for the last few years we’ve had snow and lots of it, sitting between -4 -2 degrees……. it sounds like I’m moaning, but actually I love the cold and snow, especially at Christmas.

Spending a winter in Hong Kong one Christmas I was so surprised to see that the local Hong Kong Chinese were all snuggled up in ski gloves, jackets, wooly hats and scarves….. and this was at 15 degrees. How funny. There was one day it was 22 degrees out and I was in a dress and cardigan surrounded by everyone else that thought it was absolutely freezing, but then it occurred to me that actually here, which has an average of 30 degrees, that must be fairly chilly and the concept of snow exists only on cards and in films….. But in either fashion proud country the idea of the winter based accessory was clear. It needs to be warm, but it also needs to be fashionable. I love that! And with the last few years seeing a resurgence of accessories again, for any time of the year, I’m loving them more and more. Bring on lace gloves for summer, parasols, and sun hats. Bring on the scarves wooly hats, snugs and snoods for winter. Bring on the leather architectural gloves for driving…….. just bring on the accessories.

So onto AW13 specifically. Nina Ricci completely dominated the wealth of inspiration on accessories for this season, where gloves and cuffs were concerned. Here’s some inspiration for some amazing gloves and cuffs, from Nina and others that inspired me to get knitting!

Nina Ricci knit gloves AW13

Nina Ricci AW13

Nina Ricci knit gloves AW13

Nina Ricci AW13

Nina Ricci knit gloves AW13

Nina Ricci AW13

Nina Ricci knit gloves AW13

Nina Ricci AW13

Vera Wang knit gloves AW13

Vera Wang AW13

Rick Owens knit gloves AW13

Rick Owens AW13

Dsquared² knit gloves AW13

Dsquared² AW13

Marc Jacobs knit gloves AW13

Marc Jacobs AW13

Marc Jacobs knit gloves AW13

Marc Jacobs AW13

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Purple is the colour…..

For AW13, all shades of purple were spread throughout the catwalks. It is definitely one of the key colours to be looking at for design developments from bright, red based pure purples through CMYK traditional bright purples and down to blue based plum based dusky purples. All shades are acceptable as long as it’s a deep bright purple!!!

So let’s get some inspiration for this season’s colour.

AW13 Purple colour Alberta Ferretti

AW13 Alberta Ferretti

AW13 Purple colour Douglas Hannant

AW13 Douglas Hannant

AW13 Purple colour Douglas Hannant

AW13 Douglas Hannant

AW13 Purple colour Jean Paul Gaultier

AW13 Jean Paul Gaultier

AW13 Purple colour Narciso Rodriguez

AW13 Narciso Rodriguez

AW13 Purple colour Elie Saab

AW13 Elie Saab

AW13 Purple colour Tom Ford

AW13 Tom Ford

AW13 Purple colour VPL

AW13 VPL

AW13 Purple colour Gucci

AW13 Gucci

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Floral Trends are so in right now…..

For AW13 and SS14 the focus is definitely on florals. The biggest theme for both seasons are anything leafy, cute, vined or bloom based.

For now let’s focus on AW13. Concentrate on deeper colours with a more vibrant theme. More tropical and lavish flowers are popular for winter 2013 with large leafy flowers, an emphasis on gold tones and rich combinations with black, deep reds, blues and purples.I love this trend. Florals have so much interpretation and options as well as a focus on colour and can be as vibrant or as subtle as you like. So let’s get some inspiration for Winter

AW13 Vera Wang

AW13 Vera Wang

AW13 Valentino

AW13 Valentino

AW13 Rachel Roy

AW13 Rachel Roy

AW13 Ports 1961

AW13 Ports 1961

AW13 Oscar de la Renta

AW13 Oscar de la Renta

AW13 Lanvin

AW13 Lanvin

AW13 Just Cavalli

AW13 Just Cavalli

AW13 Gucci

AW13 Gucci

AW13 Daks

AW13 Daks

AW13 Alice + Olivia

AW13 Alice + Olivia

AW13 Vivienne Westwood

AW13 Vivienne Westwood

AW13 Vivienne Westwood

AW13 Vivienne Westwood

AW13 Rue du Mail

AW13 Rue du Mail

AW13 Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

AW13 Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

AW13 Oscar de la Renta

AW13 Oscar de la Renta

AW13 Clements Ribeiro

AW13 Clements Ribeiro

AW13 Carolina Herrera

AW13 Carolina Herrera

 

 

AW13 Erin Fetherston

AW13 Erin Fetherston

AW13 Moschino

AW13 Moschino

 

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Animal Prints….. Still here!!!

Last year, I launched the first community book based around colour work and motifs for trends. Last year was Animal Prints, mainly due to loads of trend research and was timed to be released because of the AW12 trends, but the most surprising thing was the length of time this has continued. Can you believe that this animal print trend is still raging through the catwalks!

Although the main focus for SS14 will be on florals, there are designers like Diane von Furstenberg that were still holding onto some animal prints for their resort collections! I actually can’t believe that this trend has been hanging around for this long. Now usually a trend will last between 3 to 4 seasons, including the innovators at the beginning and a few stragglers at the end, but a good solid 1 or 2 seasons of really being at the forefront of trends…… but animals, albeit into more of a straggling stage for SS14, this will be a total of 5 seasons and 3 of these have been mainstream! Really an unheard of length of time!

But anyway onto some inspiration….. here are some bits from AW13 to get you inspired for your own knits.

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AW13 Sophisticated Hoarder

AW13 fashion trend prediction. Trend forecastingFor those of you unfamiliar with an area of East London called Shoreditch, this trend may be a little alien to you. As a fully engulfed Londener I’m loving that this trend is now covering AW13.   To gain the basics, Shoreditch is home to some of the best craft, fashion and  vintage shops in London and is definitely a place where individual style is celebrated.

The only thing you need to understand is vintage, but mixing all era’s in a modern way. Prevalence is given to the 20’s and 40’s mixing fur coats, a pencil skirt, a bit of 20’s embellishment with a cute cloche or fedora. It’s not unusual to accent this look with strong accessories. Pair lace ankle socks with T-bar shoes, brooches with some sparkle and even a really strong hair piece or hat pin.

Fabrics and colours are really not the focus of this trend, but this can be the area for modernisation. This season, look at yellow, red, blue, green and teal shades as a priority. For a more traditional look, concentrate on the rich jewel tones of the 40’s mixed with the more pastel and muted shades of the 70’s.

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