>> I've recently written a piece for the October issue of Elle UK about a new generation of knittists (aka an interesting set of knitwear designers) that are coming up in London and it seems the knittist movement is spreading across the Atlantic.  I'm now in New York for fashion week and probably one of the few European press here to darn early, which gave me an opportunity to check out the lower key shows of NYFW such as Lindsey Degen's presentation yesterday.  Degen started knitting aged three and over the years, used her skills to tell stories with experimental pieces that crossover both art and apparel.  She then honed her skills at Central Saint Martins and the Rhode Island School of Design and launched her debut collection last season.  There's a whiff of Cooperative Designs about Degen's work and it actually turns out that Degen worked with the London-based knitwear duo (which is sadly no more now…) and she also joins another NY-based knitwear label ALL, as yet another knittist who is trying to overturn pre-existing knit conventions and literally use yarn to tell a tale or two.   

In the context of New York presentations, Degen definitely skews the more unusual end of the scale and S/S 13 was no different.   Flower Power!  Pizza!  Pastels!  It's an unlikely combo that works because you can't help but smile at the guy wearing a t-shirt with a knitted pepperoni slice on the front.  Actually, the casting was jolliness all round as the models pulled faces and threw some shapes at the presentation, injecting an exuberance into the clothes.  The fact that it's a spring summer collection didn't hamper Degen's enthusiasm for incorporating texture as thin machine knitted tees, vests, shorts and leggings are topped with crochet detailing or loose yarns dangling like tassels.  The shoes got the audience snapping away as Degen collaborated with Converse to stack the heels with two chunky platform blocks, adorned with googly eyes and tie dye and paired with the cutest of cute knitted socks.  No wonder the models were bouncing off the walls.  

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Comments (18)

  1. jatinda says:

    Hi Susie,
    Crazy, yet so inspiring and unique…..again. The collection speaks a generation.
    http://www.personalautographs.blogspot.co.uk

  2. EUGENIA says:

    LOL LOVE HOW YOU WRITE :) IM HAPPY EVERYTHING KNITTY IS COMING BACK AS NOTHING WAS AROUND , I WAS COLD AND UNHAPPY:)
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  3. jean cave says:

    i am making everyone socks for christmas . . my own design of course.

  4. Tara says:

    This is utterly… mad. I scrolled through the first four or five photographs, completely unconvinced. Then, as soon as I reached the end of the post, the full force of the collection hit me – its wackiness, madness and whimsicality.
    I wouldn’t say that I am a fan, but it certainly packs a punch. Plus, anything knitted at this time of year is a winner in my eyes!
    Best Wishes,
    Tara

  5. I love the knitwear designs; they have that unique touch and they are so lovely; Thumbs up for the same.

  6. Sari Purdy says:

    All the models are looking great; I love the designs big time. Good ideas.

  7. I just can’t believe my eyes, these are all beautiful but the make ups. They needed light make ups to go down with them and they cannot also be accessorized, they look good without accessories otherwise these are all good.

  8. I like the way the outfits and your idea of incorporating sport shoes with them was perfect, they go down well with them another alternative could have been the flat open shoes better known as sandals.

  9. Noe Farrell says:

    Wow! This is my bouncing great funny color design! I love fashion so much, I feel like bursting out with the 5th stylistic pose of that guy; I thought he was a lady. Your collection really flatters and I would like to have one of those great design too; so stunning indeed!

  10. Joseph says:

    P-I-Zee-Zee-Ayy !

  11. Online GED says:

    Very resourceful and useful blog keep sharing..

  12. Katrin says:

    wow really crazy! ‚ô• :D
    Katrin

  13. Fuel4fashion says:

    I’ve always enjoyed your posts. This one was no different. What a colorful post…!!! So full of life… I was never a fan of knitted garments nor was I following any such trends. Your post was an eye opener for me..
    Everything in the picture looks so amazing… You already made me change my mind. Being a fashion designer, I’ve already gotten motivated by this & I’m creating something in Knitted garment soon.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fuel4Fashion/303428556400250

  14. Maya says:

    So so great! I love the hues and the unabashed whimsy. I can definitely see that you would enjoy these designs! I’ll have to keep my eye on this designer. I love things like this.
    http://girllovescolor.blogspot.com/

  15. ursula says:

    wowww that is ART!!! incredible and inspiring. when you have time look at mine. http://bienvestida.blogspot.com. ciao

  16. CHELICHINA says:

    Dear Sussie, I am also a knitter! I am a spanish designer based in Shanghai, I use crochet and crazy colors for my pieces, my tumblr:
    http://celia-be.tumblr.com/

  17. candles says:

    i love this peace of art. Absolutely lovely. Thanks for sharing it with us

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