Nicolas Ghesquiere is a designer I watch fairly closely, first at Balenciaga and now at Louis Vuitton. He’s one of those guys with a seemingly bottomless well of ideas and a knack for making things work even when they maybe shouldn’t. Recently, I have been paying extra attention to the way he uses color blocking to emphasize shoulders, first with large contrasting collars in the fall 2014 collection, and then with this beauty from resort 2015. (Photo courtesy Vogue.com.)
The way the color blocking carries across the sleeves is interesting and cool. Designers lately have been putting an emphasis on broadening the appearance of that part of the body, making it blocky or boxy, but this striped effect creates the same sort of emphasis in a very bodycon way. I like this idea quite a lot, so it was a natural that I would end up knitting the Holsten sweater designed by Ankestrick. (All knitting links are ravlinks.)
Forgive the blocking-board photo. At some point, I’m going to find someone to take pictures of me modeling some of these garments, and then the photos will be far less boring. One hopes.
In any case, I had knit another Ankestrick pattern last year, the gorgeous Organic, which I ended up frogging after it became big enough to double as a slanket. Yay for dropping from a 22 to an 8, boo for having to unravel all that knitting! I’ll reknit Organic someday, and in the meantime, I’ll yearn to knit all of Anke’s patterns I can get my hands on. She’s brilliant, and her patterns are so remarkably clear and detailed. She uses a wonderful top-down contiguous construction method developed by SusieM on ravelry, and this construction method gives me the best fit at shoulders and armscyes of any sweater construction method I’ve ever used. I have become, in fact, something of a contiguous cheerleader. ::shakes poms:: Go SusieM!
The sweater is knit from Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine purchased from Windy Knitty last spring for just this purpose. The entire project knit very quickly for a fingering weight sweater. I was shocked by how quickly, really, but I’ve noticed that the contiguous shoulder does knit quickly. I suspect this method requires less yarn in that shoulder/arm area.
So, it’s not a clone of the Ghesquiere top, but rather an asymmetrical spin on it. I really like that asymmetry. It adds a cool, casual touch. I’ve only worn this sweater once so far (because summer in Chicago), but it’s comfortable and relaxed enough to wear with jeans, and unique enough to dress up with a skirt for dinner out. So we’ll rate this one a winner, not a wadder.
What do you think of the new designs that broaden and flatten a woman’s torso? Are these garments you’re excited to wear?