Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Crochet on the Runway


I always love to see what high couture designers have to offer in terms of crochet especially for spring and summer.  
Before you continue reading further, please note that I am by no means an expert on the subject of high fashion. Having grown in a household of  professional seamstresses and designer(s), I have acquired and developed my sense of fashion that emerges of the style(s) I appreciate and am sworn by.
Every time I watch the fashion shows, my reactions are a mix of a complete surprise which ranges from a  fervent excitement to  sheer disappointment.
Thus for example I expected more from Dior but was somehow disappointed that their collection was slightly tilted towards androgenic and futuristic expressions (read: creations) though there were a couple of designs trying to caress femininity like the ones shown below:
Oscar De La Renta has imaginatively employed the use of crochet granny squares, although I am much more impressed with his other pre-fall 2019 pieces.
Grannies have to be the ones most used when it comes to the runway. I fell in love with this sweater by Ryota Murakami:
This is something I would gladly make myself, only on the practical side, it could get a little draughty wearing it, heheh...
However, my elation by the above sweater was blown out flat by the granny abuse in this one: it almost brought tears to my eyes ... "Ryota, what were you thinking??"
Last but not the least - Dolce & Gabbana.
I got all starry eyed by this dress which is not actual crochet - the center pieces I believe are cut out fabrics, while the white looks like crocheted lace. But I can - and I am sure you too - imagine this one with granny squares! What a delightful design!
Grannies again in this one too:
And this one. Not crochet but would really love to try and make me this skirt for the summer. I think it is absolutely doable!

What most of the designers had in common was netting. Not against it but not quite rooting for it either.
How about you? Do you watch the runways?
What designers do you appreciate?



Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I've never been one to care much about what's considered fashionable. I do, however, love a good ol' granny -- especially colorful and bordered in black. :)

Divya N said...

Oh Maya, I am glad that you have been bit by the Runway trends bug too. You are right, Crochet is "In" in a big way for SS19 with a lot of designers working on it for both ready to wear and couture shows. Many of them use patches like you rightly pointed out but it may lead to fully crocheted pieces in the artisan segment

Lilbitbrit said...

I do like the patches, but also the embroidery on a crochet framework. Great to see such Runway pieces.

Atelier Marie-Lucienne said...

Sigh... Oh, dear... Maybe I should make myself a dress this year... Sooo many enticing examples...

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Kim said...

I love watching the Runways to see what concoctions designers have imagined, come out. Love the granny square dress, skirt and little cardie. As for Ryoti creation, I can only wonder "what was he thinking". It looks as if someone has stepped on a loose length of yarn and as the model walks along the 'pretty' has unravelled. Love that the designers are paying homage beautiful crochet.