I’ve decided to contain all I have to say and show about NYFW this time to a single post, so it’s a bit of a doozy. First let me say this: There are two big stories in Fall 2013 knitwear, judging by the NY shows this past week. First is the prevalence of the thin stockinette turtleneck sweater. It was shown under and over just about everything, in collections of every persuasion. At Victoria Beckham, which had me drooling from start to finish — Victoria Beckham! — the neck showed up repeatedly on its own (i.e., minus the sweater) with other kinds of garments entirely, e.g. 16. I think it’s safe to say 2013 will be the year of the turtleneck. The other story may ultimately be one of demise. I dare someone to try to count the number of beanies that walked these runways — so many that it may lead to instant beanie fatigue. (I’m suddenly feeling a whiff of it myself.) Also: quite a few blanket wraps. Yay!
The first show I looked at was 10 Crosby Derek Lam, always among my favorites, and I knew in an instant that I’d be declaring it best of show, knitwise, even before seeing anyone else’s. Victoria Beckham may wind up taking the lead in my mind as it all gels, and I also lingered quite a bit over some of the sweaters at Jil Sander Navy — particularly the cape-cardigan that looks strikingly like a sketch of mine on the pinboard over my desk. In other words, something I personally have been longing for. And I also really loved all of the sweater-and-leather and sweater-and-sequin combos at Rachel Zoe. Looks 11 and 22 are my idea of formal wear. But I’m sticking with 10 Crosby for the top slot here. I love the individual pieces shown above — the backwards cardigan (which makes me slightly nostalgic for the ’80s), the nude-and-black sweater and sweater dress, and the zizag tunic-dress are all wonderful. But it’s how they’re paired up — especially with all those amazing boots — that really makes me swoon. And this piece below? This is love:
Beyond all that, here’s an A-Z compendium of the other knitwear highlights from the shows:
— all the sweaters layered into the amazing looks at 3.1 Phillip Lim
— the poncho dress (not knit, but could be) and the denim dress with ribbed tights and crocheted market bag at A Détacher
— the phalanx of beanie-hoods at Alexander Wang
— the floral ball skirt with turtleneck at Alice & Olivia
— (and I might pretend-wear this getup to the Oscars this year, minus the jacket, hat and surroundings)
— the black socks, scarves and beanies at Assembly (so many head-to-toes in this collection I’d kill for)
— the fact that there was a stockinette beanie on every single girl at BCBG Max Azria
— the few simply beautiful sweaters for both sexes at Billy Reid
— the textile-blocked bomber jacket at DKNY
… wait, what were we talking about? Oh yeah …
— a jaw-dropping sweater at J.Crew (and I’ll take this one and this one)
— the silhouettes sweater at Libertine
— these three easy sweater looks at Lyn Devon
— M. Patmos, of course, especially these layers
— the extremely groovy blanket wrap at Mara Hoffman with the giant eye on the back
— this one look at Michael Kors
— and another great sequin-sleeved sweater at Tory Burch
Of course, there were lots of great shows that weren’t particularly notable for their knits. And several of my usual favorites left me cold (no pun intended) this time around. I’d love to hear about your favorites — or if you think there’s something I missed.
Happy clicking, and happy weekend!