In the past couple of years we’ve seen a revival of fashion knitwear. And if the idea of knitted gowns in the summer sounds a bit weird to you, think again.
Crochet is the power dressing for summer and comes in various of styles – from hippies to boho dreams, from festival wear to elegant attire. Crochet is truly one of the cutest trends and this season’s Laura Theiss collection brings back the cotton yarn with a modern twist.
Memories of the Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona from the early modernist novel The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway and the art of religious portraits by the “Spanish Caravaggio” Francisco de Zurbarán mix are combined in Laura Theiss’ Spring/Summer 2017 collection.
“This collection represents my passion for a traditional craft – crocheting – elevated to almost religious devotion. Keeping in mind modern and dynamic women, I always come up with sensual silhouettes and shapes, designing innovative patterns created using traditional tools combined with state-of-the art techniques.”
Designer Laura Theiss
Spring / Summer 2017 collection
Entitled The Sun Also Rises, the collection, made with a fine lightweight cotton yarn, features functional separates such as cropped tops, blouses and skirts, dresses and a selection of versatile accessories, such as crocheted crowns and veils.
The neutral tones of the collection palette and the ethereal powdery and dusty pinks and the gold intarsia elements are borrowed from Zurbarán’s portraits of saints and by his dramatic use of chiaroscuro. The deep reds of the densely crocheted long dresses and skirts evoke instead passion, the blood of bullfights and of the thick wine drank by the main characters in Hemingway’s novel.
Photographer: Rama Lee
Styling and Creative Direction: My Name is Kabir
Hair: Ziima Yosuke Nakajima
Make Up: Samanta Falcone
As seen at London Fashion Week
I had the pleasure to meet the talented Laura Theiss at London Fashion Week and to have a glimpse at her creations.
Laura Theiss is widely considered as one of the most exciting knitwear designers on the fashion scene. After graduating from Central St Martins, in London, she developed a bold signature style, recreating in a modern key traditional crochet and knitting stitches, designing fantastically original pieces for her own label and for international clients, bringing knitwear into the future.
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