It’s refreshing to see designers work with what is in front of them rather than contemplating what they can add to a garment. Perhaps the best examples of this are found in knitwear, as the materials accommodate a wide variety of textures and hidden contrasts without having to include extraneous variations in color. Here are my top two:
1) Rag & Bone Contrast Knit
Aside from some hidden details in the underside of the cuffs, this piece from New York’s Rag & Bone sports blocks of contrast knitting to achieve the horizontal stripes. Elegant in its simplicity, this is essentially the Marcus Aurelius of designer sweaters. So far it’s the best find from my friends at Mortar (who were kind enough to supply their own image).
2) SNS Herning Fisherman Knit
The fisherman knit has always been a favorite because of the unique patterning that (usually) stretches across the chest and biceps. In terms of a design element, something that straddles the fence between continuity with contrast is a simple enough to recognize, but difficult to wrap your brain around. Lucky for us, SNS Herning has long since perfected their own versions of the fisherman sweater. Keeping true to their traditions, they rely almost exclusively on manipulations within the material to produce several variations a year – each in a given color.
I vote we all return to winter.