Knitwear Trends 2012 – Luxury British Knitwear Designers - Fall Fashion Trends 2012

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Fall trends 2012 - Forget baggy cardigans and sensible pullovers and check out the knits from this quartet of London based designers…

Fitted, sexy, luxurious, glamorous; not the usual words you'd use to describe knitwear but in the case of Mark Fast, Alice Palmer, Amy Hall and Alice Lee you'd be hard pushed not to agree.
Mark Fast, a regular on the London Fashion Week schedule, designs his knits by hand on a domestic knitting machine, he combines lycra with the finest luxury wools sculpting areas of tension and volume across the female form. The end result is unashamedly sexy and he describes his knits as having “a more intimate relationship with the wearer than tailoring or corsetry.” His latest collection Questions in a World of Blue combines wearable layering pieces in navy and sand alongside his trademark fitted dresses with crochet detailing.

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The idea of being able to sculpt with knit is one that Alice Palmer clearly adheres to. Alice aims to change the way knitwear is perceived, creating high fashion, covetable garments mainly inspired by art and architecture. Her Autumn/Winter 2012/13 collection entitled Vertigo featured her unique ‘Polyhedra’ knitting techniques, influenced by an exploration into the origami tessellations discovered by mathematician designer Ron Resche. Alice took further inspiration from Kim Novak’s character in Alfred Hitchcock’s film ‘Vertigo’ resulting in a black, white, silver and grey colour palette.
Knitwear created by this new crop of designers doesn’t come cheap, pieces will often run into hundreds of pounds but unlike most ready-to-wear designs each piece is produced locally by hand by the designer or a member of their small team. Amy Hall is adamant that her production remains close to home and that the best quality yarns are used to ensure long lasting quality. She says that wool is “tactile and feminine, there is so much you can do with it, there’s no reason for it not to be sexy!” Alongside light separates such as tops dresses and body-skimming pencil skirts Amy’s autumn collection includes the Akiak gilet, the Nanuq jacket, and the Kulitak long coat, inspired by the heavy furs traditionally worn by the Inuit people. The resulting garments use striking, dramatic textured and voluminous knits that create a sculptural quality.
Alice Lee is another label earmarked as ‘One to Watch’. Design duo Alice Smith and Lee Farmer met after Alice finished her MA fashion Knitwear course at St Martins and collaborated with various labels including Giles, Hardy Amies and Stefanel Italy. Their emerging style combines a minimalist, structured silhouette with woven leather, intricate embellishment and handcrafted details. All four labels reinvent traditional knit giving it a contemporary, wearable and sexy edge, perfect for the oncoming autumn season.

—by JoJo Iles

Photos: PR Alice Lee; Alice Palmer – Felicities PR; Amy Hall – Fanclub PR; PR @ Mark Fast

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