Winter is finally here and it’s time to pull out the warm drinks, warm sweaters and give warm hugs as the cold sets in. For AW 2021/2022, knitwear is very on-trend: every one of your fave IG fashionistas, the ones with a coffee in hand every morning, is guaranteed to be wearing knitwear in some shape or form.
Malene Birger, Wales Bonner, Proenza Schouler, Gabriela Hearst, The Row and Ports 1961 are just a few who are keeping up with the woolly trend.
Grace Wales Bonner continued her meditation on the diasporic relationships between Britain and the Caribbean, presenting a lookbook, publication and film, Proenza Schouler’s collection features slouchy silk button-downs, cozy knitwear, and exquisite reimaginings of the classic suit and Gabriela Hearst’s work is a balancing act between her earthier instincts and her worldly ones—for every hand-knit sweater there is also a well-tailored pantsuit. The Row and Ports 1961 collection on the other hand explores the tension between function and desirability, with looks that bring comfort and ease and yet feel special and intimate.
We’re seeing knitwear on the street and media in many ways through the likes of sweater vests, cardigans, co-ord sets and oversized jumpers – especially bright, embroidered ones. These clothing pieces are popular in both neutrals and in bright pastels making them versatile and consequently a massive hit this season.
Knitwear is great for exactly that reason, versatility. Retailers are tapping into the market by including ranges of loungewear which usually involve a neutral coloured co-ord in a cable knit or fuzzy style along with knitwear designed for the outdoors. After this years and last years lockdowns a hybrid of casual and cosy, yet chic is at the forefront of many designs.
Will you be sporting knitwear this season?
Written by Sonia Osuji