Designers are having a crafty moment. You can see it in those supercute Chanel "quilted bags"and crochet bags from Savatore Ferregamo. Fusing traditional craft and high fashion has never looked cooler- crafting has gone designer!
(Left: Savatore Ferregamo, right: Armani, both SS 2006)
If you've ever wanted a Michael Kors signature cable knit sweater, but couldn't fork over the cash, you can always knit your own. What am I talking about? Vogue Knitting, a leading knitting magazine has designer sweater patterns in every issue (an advantage is also being able to adjusting the size and choosing the yarn color to your liking). Other designers that have been included are Anna Sui, Cynthia Rowley, Pierrot and Twinkle. Pierrot, not yet a household name, but should be in every New York fashionista's black book, his work has been worn by the like of Sarah Jessica Parker on Sex and the City. Twinkle, also an emerging talent out of New York, started out in creating colorful chunky cover ups that got the attention of strangers and fashion editors alike. Since setting up her business, her line has extended into dresses and jewelry.
So take a break from shopping and channel your inner crafty. Think about making something that's all your own, or at least with some designer guidance.
This post is a part of The State of the Fashion Union blogging carnival. It's a countdown to New York Fashion Week, and you can find out more about this event through Almost Girl or FashionTribes.