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Textural Knits On The Runway

(L-R) See by Chloe, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Fendi, Chanel

Textural knits are having a good year in fashion. While cables were highly represented, this season designers delved even deeper into texture. They flirted with knitted ruffles, basket weave and puff stitches, lace striping, multidirectional ribbing, and numerous kinds of seed, moss, pebble and other grainy, warmth-trapping textures.

For Tahki Stacy Charles, one sweater on the runway never directly informs another. We pull elements from several looks to create unique, relevant silhouettes.

The Cloisters Mock Turtleneck, for example, pays homage to the classic cable sweater that remains ubiquitous in the fall and winter. However, we loved the flashy metallic pullovers on this year’s Saint Laurent runways, so we designed Cloisters with Stacy Charles Fine Yarns/S Line Luccica, a new, extrafine merino wool entwined with a glinting metallic thread.

(L-R) Cloisters Mock Turtleneck, Tod’s Womens Collection, Saint Laurent

Elisabetta Franchi’s fall runway featured a cream-colored, cozy pullover with an interesting staggered rib. However, the silhouette felt a touch overwhelming. Les Copains inspired us with a cropped, boxy top that paired perfectly with the garter-and-stockinette stitch pattern we devised for the Larch Pullover. Worked in Tahki Yarns bulky Montana, it’s a quick, flattering knit with perfect proportions.

(L-R) Elisabetta Franchi, Les Copains, Larch Pullover

The Ansonia Tunic in Stacy Charles Fine Yarns/S Line Bluebell is striped on two fronts—it’s worked in 3 colors, and also moves between lace and solid garter sections. We sampled the length from a Tanya Taylor tunic. The soft, subtle color motif of an ultra-feminine pastel sweater in Valentino’s pre-fall collection helped inform the color scheme.

Ansonia Lace Tunic, Tanya Taylor Pre-Fall 2017, Valentino Pre-Fall 2017

To see more of the runway and high-fashion looks that inspired Tahki Stacy Charles this season, check out our newly-released Trend Watch: Fall 2017 Cables & Texture Pinterest board. Let us know if you can suss out the other elements that galvanized our bricolage collections!