New York Fashion Week passed the baton to London late last week, beginning the city’s presentation of autumn/winter 2016 collections, which will continue until Tuesday and begin to solidify some of the trends we saw on (and off) the runways in the United States. One of the most anticipated shows on the London Fashion Week schedule so far was of former International Woolmark Prize finalist SIBLING. And while you don’t immediately associate the theatrical stage costumes of performer Grace Jones with traditional knitting mills, SIBLING had a way of seamlessly blending the two in a celebration of disco style.
Taking inspiration from the stage icon and the underground New York City music milieu and fusing it with their love and skill of knitwear, the SIBLING autumn/winter 2016 collection was, just as the co-designers intended, uplifting. Low-cut vests were knitted with a tinsel-like thread, skirts were wrap-tied at the waist in a nod to the popular 1970s style but split to the thigh in a modern update, and the bold yellow of NYC taxis ran through the collection, a pop of colour for the winter season.
What makes SIBLING’s collections stand out is the designers’ attention to quality. Many of the tailored pieces in the collection, such as the oversized blazers, are made from Dormeuil Merino wool, as were pieces in the brand’s recent menswear collection, while shorts and trousers are crafted from Scabal Merino wool, two of the most revered cloth manufacturers in the world. The brand’s extra-fine patterned knitwear, such as that seen in the slinky dresses, is made from a Zegna Baruffa Merino wool yarn. Decorative details included giant snoods of knit-raffia trimmed with un-spun wool, techniques pioneered by SIBLING.
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