Spring is here. It’s May, the leaves are out and flowers are blooming. New York is open for shopping. The skies are blue and things are looking up. Restaurants, movie theaters, and more are opening at reduced capacity, and will be fully open soon. What will you to be wanting to wear this spring and summer when life returns to normal? Do you speak the language of knits? Knits are back with a vengeance. Along with traditional sweaters, there are dresses, coats, jackets and capes. Solid, striped and patterns. Knits are a big trend, and fall is looking even knittier. Whether you want something casual, or something a little bit more dressed up, learn to speak the language of knits and you will be set for spring and summer. Why not come on a tour of some of the stores in the New York. Let’s explore the newest knits in town.
Knits move with the body in a different way than wovens do. The Alexander McQueen dress speaks volumes. Instead of using seams for shapes, knits use full-fashioning, with their distinctive marks to define and flatter.
Bottega Veneta loves knits. Their dresses and two piece looks are done sleekly with defined waists, or in a more folksy way with frings and old fashioned bobbles. Both look great.
Tom Ford wants you to speak the language of knits. Tired of track suits? Why not amp up your look with this relaxed look. The soft knit blends the ease of the hoodie with the glamour of a pencil skirt. Very on-trend indeed.
Missoni has always spoken the language of knits. Working with one of kind machines, they produce joyful patterns season after season. This dress and cape will brighten up your life.
Azzedine Alaia has always been a master of knits. This patterned dress is especially beguiling. The earth-tone colors and the waist defining belt will put a bounce in your step.
Christopher John Rogers has a sharp sense of color too. Stand out in this body-con color blocked dress. Take a walk on the bright side.
Whether you wear this dress with the built in slinky sleeve ties at the waist from Jonathan Simkhai, or the hoodie and track pants to the right, your relaxed look will marry comfort with chic.
Another take on a slinky dress is less relaxed. Ribbed and body-con is the way to go.
Joseph Altruzarra loves slinky knits too. Cardigans with full, fully fashioned sleeves have lots of oomph. Other pieces in this seires are tanks and dreses.
Rebecca Taylor does a two piece look that has the feel of old fashioned crochet. ( more of that later) It is done in a slubby pointelle knnit is both sweet and sexy, not crochet. But is has the crochet spirit.
Pointelles are also showing up in sweaters. This crop top will bring a little romance to your summer look.
Johnathan Simhkai uses placed pointelles and full fashioning in the new take on a twin set. The bra top replaces the shell for a cool and modern take on the basic staple.
Stella McCartney likes pointelle too. Her lacy cardigan is made from mohair. This is a first for seasonless spring dressing.
Isabelle Marant makes pointelle using only full fashion marks. The nicely defined pattern makes this sweater.
The most taked about, and editorally photographed sweater this season was Muiccia Prada and Raf Simons cleanly knitted holes. They placed them all over the body con sweater in a random pattern. The fashionista sweater to grab.
Frame went for a vintagey 80’s look with the shoulder ruffle placed on a cotton cable knit sweater. Retro feminine for sure.
Stella McCartney adds volume to the sides of this sweater by adding a cable pattern that attached to the opened up side seams. Color blocking gives this piece an little extra edge.
Haute boho Alanui offers a rich cabled cardigan. It mixed cables and patterns with a belted shawl collar vibe.
Loewe drapes a textured orange sweater over roomy pants.
A wide necked sweater with a wide, wraped sash is paired over a draped very full light weight skirt for a similiar theme of contrasts and volume from Altuzarra
Daniel Lee at Bottega offers a sculptural full fashioned sleeve to this sleek sweater.
Acne Studios is into dip dyes on chenky sweaters. In several pastel colors. Pastels are back this season too.
This sweater has the same effect, but the colors are knit in, and not dip dyed.
Christopher John Rogers offers bright stripes and targeted intarsias. Happy fine gauge sweaters.
Khaite like stripes too. Their jaunty sweater is very oversize in a monotone stripe.
Pastels and tie dye look great this season. This draped and shreaded sweater is cooly relaxed.
R13 offers a tie dyed and distressed cashmere sweater with exposed seams. Pair it with blue or white jeans for a sensational summer look.
Sea mixed crochet with fine gauge knits for another romantic look for the season.
And vintage crochet is happy at Alice and Olivia. This look is anything but loving hands at home.
Soft pastels and bright colors are worked in a vintage crochet vest with sher woven sleeves from Sea.
What could be more vintage inspired than quilts? Emily Bode mixed quilted sleeves with a knit body, and paired the top with a printed skirt that echoes the sleeves. The knit looks this spring are varied. Sporty, slinky, body-con, vintage and more. It is knits up this season.