09/17
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Travel on the line

Travel on the line

Amandine Schira

This year, knitwear is the only way, as we revisit a trend that was previously reserved for grandmothers. With decorative items, fashion accessories and even street art, knitting is reinventing itself.

The values are the same, and the authenticity remains, but the knitting ball is being brought up-to-date. Handing down from one generation to the next, the savoir-faire of our ancestors is taking on a more contemporary creativity. This tradition has inspired the fashionistas from Wool and the Gang to produce their first “Do It Yourself” kits, with achievable patterns, maxi-needles and wool that comes directly from Peru. They are making knitting trendy. As for the catwalk, Kenzo is getting involved by launching My Kenzo Tricot, with which you can make a vest or scarf using the motifs of the House, taken directly from the 1970s. Knitwear is also appears to be popular across the Rhine. The Berlin magazine Cut offers a review of the “home made” trend in their 4th issue, which is devoted to “knitting”.

Within the “street art” category, we have the performances of the Texan artist Magda Sayeg and her clique who cover statues, shrubs and street furniture around the world, with creations made from 100% wool. The evolution continues online where Jeremy and Eric are reinventing the meaning of made-to-measure on their site GoldenHook.fr. Hats, snoods, and bow ties are personalized and knitted by a cyber grandmother of your choice, a novel idea created by Simone, Francine and Andrée. And creations by French-Colombian designer Sylvia Toth are spinning a yarn for those who are pressed for time and lack the imagination to do their own. As the founder of Warmi, she plays with XXL knitwear, the patterns and all the surprises that wool can offer…The collections are entirely hand-made by female weavers in Colombia. Ethical and elegant, the revival of knitting knows no bounds.

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