Toronto Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012: LINE Knitwear
Knitwear and Canadian weather go together like hot cocoa and marshmallows and John Muscat and Jennifer Wells, the designers behind contemporary, premium knitwear label LINE Knitwear, presented a warm and snuggly yet stylish and fierce fall/winter 2012 collection at Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week.
Each season, Muscat and Wells are tasked with the challenge of making knitwear seem fresh and new and each season they rise to the challenge. This time around the duo reinvented some cold weather classics including the Fair Isle print and your grandma’s favourite cottage couch throw.
While the collection’s palette was heavy on browns, greys, blacks and winter whites, hits of royal purple and deep coral in all the right places kept the pieces from blending into the background. The aforementioned Fair Isle print was given the abstract treatment and used on asymmetrical capes, mini dresses with exposed zippers and cozy boat-neck sweaters—all worn with pencil thin stilettos. Grandma’s cottage throw was re-envisioned and appeared on the runway as a geometric, arts and craft-y sweater with contrasting zigzag patterned sleeves.
Muscat and Wells also played around with various fabric pairings. While some of the combinations had me scratching my head—the leggings invasion, detachable collars (which will probably feel stale next winter), the perplexing wrap-front trousers and the even more perplexing loose silk trousers with pleating on the inner thighs—the fingerless leather opera gloves with tufts of fur on the knuckles (meek fashionistas need not apply), and the belted leather bomber with the draped knit front had me mentally creating my winter wardrobe savings plan in my head. Loved it!
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