Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Knittingbag's fashion trends winter 2006/07

color & style

Color palette is more subdued and tonal, neutrals accented with rich hues -- frost gray, chestnut, taupes. Interesting dark colors mixed with warm vibrant colors as accents in patterns and accessories. Purple, cardinal red, bijou blue.

Rich fabrics, embroidered, velvet, brocades. Elaborate coats, brocade, military, short trenchcoats. Boxy short coats and swing coats. Voluminous tops balanced by skinny pants. Structured jackets above waist over higher-waisted skinny pants or peplum skirt. Wide belts. Elegant knitwear. Trapeze dresses. Layering pieces, long tees, thinly veiled long sweaters. Long thin scarves. Ankle boots, leggings. Heavy gold-linked jewelry.

what the designers chose this autumn

CATHERINE MALANDRINO prominent colors creamy white, metallic dark silver, deep chocolate, cold emerald, warm honey, rich bourgogne inspiration the “queens” of the world; the code of the new urban queen signature color rich chocolate color philosophy rich tones contrasted with a touch of metallic silver

prominent colors lilac and chartreuse; teal and black inspiration vintage pastoral print from bucol signature color teal and/or chartreuse color philosophy pretty, feminine soft colors juxtaposed with earthy hues

ALICE ROI prominent colors black and white, and a light ashy gray, high impact burnt sienna, washed out teal – all the colors look as if they were once bright and have now faded or oxidized. think old polaroid. inspiration washy shades of burnt sienna and raw umber with bold black and white signature color burnt sienna color philosophy crisp blacks and whites alongside washed out acidic colors
Photos courtesy of www.style.com for the photography from Fall 2006 fashion designer collections

top ten important colors
simply taupe, pale khaki

apple cinnamon, cardinal red

frost gray, vetiver

winter white

bijou blue

lichen green

purple reigns


Knittingbag's highlights winter 2006/07
top style picks

This season the ‘natural and organic” trend translates into fashion as a palette of sophisticated neutrals and beautiful luxurious fabrics. Not ‘natural’ like boho earth mother. Not luxurious like gilded opulence, overdone accessories, shiny jewel-encrusted clothes or synthetic materials – it means beautiful fabrics and fibers (brocade, velvet, cashmere, silk, leather, embroidery, ribbon, beads). Cropped jackets are still modern, but wear with long lines underneath. We’re seeing more wrap and swing coats, fitted jackets, long fluid lines -- volume on top, skinny on the bottom. Accents in warm fibrant colors. Attention to beautiful details.

  • Volume: cocoon, trapeze, big wide collars, fuller sleeves
  • Wrap coats, swing coats short cropped jackets, trapeze shape over minis
  • Capes & long tunics
  • Skinny pants & long jackets, fitted jackets,
  • Long sweaters, voluminous collars, layering airy thin sweaters
  • Wool jersey dresses, knit dresses, mini dress & tights, leggings

Luxury fabrics, knits, cashmere, brocade, leather, fur trims, velvet

knit sweaters
this is the season for knitters! This season's trends more than any other in years has hit a high spot. There are beautiful knits to inspire us. Note the longer shapes, lots of stitchwork, and beautiful cashmere and merino yarns.

knit dresses

capes replace the poncho

interesting shapes for knitting
to broaden your horizons from stoles and scarves. See how the cowl is wide at the bottom knit nice and full, a beautiful shape. The second piece is a stole, gathered at the ends, topped with a band (or pin or flower).

notice the details



We have beautiful new silhouettes to look forward to this winter 2006/07!
Key elements:
  • Cables, interesting stitch patterns
  • Big collars, longer silhouette
  • Luxury yarns and trims
  • Belts, zippers, ribbons, silver or gold buckle closures
  • Use natural “fur” trim yarns, like Suri from Blue Sky or Jaeger’s Fur
  • No synthetics! (except lurex or a hint of metallic)

Vogue Knitting Fall 2006 issue
Knittingbag has a big vest sweater design on pg 105!
Kit will be available on line shortly.
See section on “Gray’s Anatomy” - we like this sweater that we've seen 'live', should have been photographed closed with ties.

[knittingbag photo coming soon]

What are you going to make?
  • A small afghan (TV blanket) for holiday gifts. Use up your stash. Refer to knit stitches reference books. Knittingbag will offer the crazy yarn from Ozark Handspun
  • Make a decorator pillow with lots of cables
  • A rectangular stole ( a wide scarf!) and gather each end. Fasten with beautiful button, crocheted or knitted flowers
  • A scarf knit with BeSweet Magic Ball
  • A button-front knitted skirt. Use beautiful, simple stitches patterns. Check out Louet’s Chloe wonderful ruffled skirt pattern
  • Knit a cabled handbag with thick I-cord handles knotted
  • A pullover that’s long with deep V and big ribbed collar
  • Long cabled cardigan
  • Belted tunic with lots of texture that buttons on the side
  • A simple tee shirt pattern in neutral color soft merino and add a softly ruffled peplum edging to bottom and sleeves in mohair (or sparkly mohair)
Knittingbag yarns

ArtYarns – Iris Schrier (Exquisite Knits), regal silk, silk ribbon, silk rhapsody, new silk rhapsody with a hint of glitter
BeSweet Products – magic balls, ribbon balls and African beaded yarn
Blue Sky Alpacas – bulky hand-dyes, organic & hand-dyed cottons
Decadent Fibers - we'll be using more and more of this wonderful company's yarns. love them!
Jade Sapphire Exotic Fibres – 100% cashmere. many plys and colors
Ozark Handspun – how fun is this! great to add to afghans with other ‘stash’ (order coming)
Others faves – Brown Sheep, Classic Elite, Filatura, JCA/Reynolds, Jo Sharp, Karabella, Rowan

Knittingbag recommended books

Knitting Nature
by Norah Gaughan ($29.95)

Natural Knits for Babies and Moms
by Louisa Harding ($21.95)


A headline from Harper’s Bazaar, on a page opposite the Swarovski ad, sums up the more somber mood of clothing for the fall season: “So Long, Sparkle.” After a decade of what could be described as crystal madness, during which Swarovski’s sales doubled to 2.14 billion euros, or about $2.73 billion, the company is facing a series of threats. The dark and moody direction of many of the fall collections would suggest that difficult times lie ahead for makers of rhinestones, beads, sequins and other sparkly fare. “There has been a general lessening of bling and overglitzed clothes,” said James Mischka, who with his partner, Mark Badgley, designs the Badgley Mischka evening-wear line. “To make the collection new, you have to move in a different direction,” Mr. Badgley said. “We certainly did beading and embroidery, but not as much as we normally do.”
source: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/03/fashion/03CRYSTAL.html?8nyh&emc=nyh

Fall 2006 Knitting Trends Report