It's that time — when all things cozy and comfortable have unmatched appeal. In an effort to keep even our knitwear as chic as possible (without compromising on comfort), we've scoured our favorite stores for the cold-weather essentials we'll need for the month ahead. Admittedly, some pieces aren't so basic — a little Fair Isle, a few stripes, or a bit of sheer here and there to add interest to Winter-perfect gray sweaters, chunky cardigans, and even skirts. As for the necessary elements, you'll find that we haven't skimped on comfy bottoms with stylish (yes, stylish) sweats and fleece-lined leggings. Just click through for a few of our favorite seasonal necessities, then shop to bundle up as comfortably and stylishly as possible.
We went backstage at eco-friendly line Edun's Fall 2011 runway show to get the inside scoop from founder Ali Hewson, Bono's wife, and designer Sharon Wauchob on their newest collection. Watch it now and discover all there is to know about Edun's silky landscape-based prints, experimental use of color, and the designing duo's ongoing love of chunky knits.
Maybe it's not enough to have a sweater. Maybe you need a sweater that makes a bold statement. Missoni, Pringle, Marni, and Proenza Schouler all got creative with their knitwear for Pre-Fall, debuting styles that are heavy on texture, pattern, and color. Will you wear these new knits or are they way too in-your-face for you?
>> Stepping outside your cozy abode can be a cold and scary thought. No fear, our cuddly knit accessory picks are sure to alleviate your anxiety: Thinsulate-lined mittens from Lauer, wool blend scarves from Rag & Bone, and DVF head wraps are sure to keep you looking stylishly warm while you trek all over town. Peruse the slideshow for more of our favorite knits.
The leader in cozy boots is foraying into even cozier knitwear. UGG Australia's cashmere and wool collection mixes boyfriend silhouettes with creamy colors and charming details. I envision these for a collegiate chic look — perfect for a late-night study date in the library, if you catch my drift . . . Features include feminine baby cable accents and supple jersey lining. Full-grain shearling lines hoods to provide extra comfort and warmth. Mmmm, shearling. A brushed lamb wool poncho (in three colors) breaks up the cozy-fest as a transitional piece. Look out for UGG's awesome knits come August, but until then, here's a peek of my favorites.
Knitwear can either be totally chic or totally outdated. Meet Qi New York, a contemporary knitwear brand that offers the former. It originally started in 2002 as a cashmere knitwear company, but has since evolved to include other luxurious yarns. The Spring collection is brimming with must haves: sheer cardigans, handknit hoodies, soft, draped tops, and unique dresses. My favorite piece is this tunic stripe dress (center); it takes stripes to a whole new dimension.
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True Boutique in Nolita prides itself in carrying a range of cool contemporary designers, like Cloak & Dagger and Dallin Chase, in sizes that range from zero to sixteen. This Fall 2009, owner of True Boutique, Katie Campbell, will launch True by True Boutique, a knitwear range that likewise offers the full spectrum of sizes. Interesting but accessible we think these basic cashmere pieces will appeal to a wide range of customers. Learn more, right here.
Candian born designer, Mark Fast's thread-bare knits have us positively enchanted. Fast graduated from Central St. Martins with an MA in 2008 and gained industry experience by working with Bora Aksu prior to his graduation. This Spring 2009 will be the designer's second solo season. Watch for his show which will kick off the 5th day of London Fashion Week. For more on the designer, click here.
Today marks the first day of Fashion Week in Hong Kong, only proving our theory that it's always Fashion Week somewhere. One collection that caught our eye was the Over-Rolls Fall 2009 collection. The loose, layered knits were right on the mark and in their best form when they bunched around the neck. Check out the collection below and learn more about the Korean brand right here.
All of the big names in American fashion submitted their sketches to WWD yesterday as they prepare their pitch to dress Michelle Obama on inauguration night. The big hitters, we think, were the designer's who understood Michelle's classic low-profile style.
Suzy Menkes writes on the rugged knits so popular in the Fall 08 menswear shows and makes the allusion to a declining economy and the need for comfort. She writes, "...no young banker wants to wear knitwear the color of a pink "you're laid off" slip".
WWD picked up the "Anna Wintour will resign/be replaced" story and gets "unfounded" quotes at every turn. A wrap up of the rumors is pitted against the official word.