The Fall 2016 runways were resplendent with glittering fashions. Sequin-studded looks dominated catwalks as designers embraced high glamor. It’s unsurprising, given how popular sequins and metallics were for Spring and Summer. 2016 has been a year of shining out loud in bright, bold colors and resonant, reflective materials. I’ve long loved yarns that sparkle and twinkle—as evidenced by Stacy Charles Fine Yarns mix & match family of yarns—so this year’s runways really spoke to me.
We invited friend and Crazy for Ewe owner Ellen Lewis to talk about why she loves using Stacy Charles Fine Yarns. From metallics to paillettes to sequins, our curated line has a different style of sparkle for every occasion, and we were curious to hear about her favorites:
“Coco Chanel was probably the greatest designer that ever lived.
“She knew just what image and feel she was trying to evoke, and designed custom fabrics to create the mood she had in mind. Her fabrics were complex wovens with a variety of colors and textures. She mixed what we now refer to as novelty yarns with classic tweeds, bouclés with smooth silk, and often threw in a strand of shimmery metallic for a subtle wink when it caught the light just so.”
“It’s that spirit of style that I see in many Stacy Charles’ yarns, and why I carry so many of them in the shop. A strand of Ritratto carried with a smooth silk blend creates a knitted fabric that has depth and dimension. I especially like carrying Filatura Di Crosa Gioiello with a hand-dyed yarn. The two multicolors together create a very Chanel-like fabric. It’s smart and unexpected, but never over the top. You can play with these combinations in small accessory projects until you get a feel for how they work together and then try them in a sweater or poncho.
“Crazy for Ewe customers loved the Gracie Poncho from the Stacy Charles Fine Yarns Fall 2015 City Streets collection because it was so easy to knit and wear. Some people think sparkles are only for the evening, but it’s very much in style now to wear a little bit of bling in the daytime. For me, the key to wearing sparkly garments during the day is to keep everything else very low key and conservative. Minimal jewelry and few accessories should be worn to avoid taking it over the top. Let your sparkly garment be the focus. We paired the Gracie Poncho with jeans and a cotton turtleneck for a great daytime glam look.”
“My favorite from this year’s collection is the Greenwich Village Pullover. I can see it being worn much the same way as the Gracie Poncho. Pull it on in the morning with classic black slacks and a blazer, then swap out your work shoes for some strappy heels. Suddenly you’re ready for the office holiday party or a night on the town.”
“The Battery Park Pullover and Cowl is a fun garment too. Stripes are so playful, and they keep the yarn from feeling too dressy or inaccessible. You could be comfortable in Battery Park any time of the day or night. I love that the collection can be elegant and playful at the same time.”
Thank you so much, Ellen! The comparison to Coco Chanel humbles us. Her textile stories continue to inspire year after year.
The beauty of the Stacy Charles Fine Yarns family of sparkly yarns lies in their complementary nature. A quick look at Adele, Celine, Crystal, Luna, Ritratto, and Stella illuminates their color coordination capabilities. It’s so easy to mix and match and create a distinctive fiber story. If you’ve made something unique by pairing our yarns, please share with us on Facebook and Instagram. We’d love to see it!