The newest sweaters for resort are pieced and patched. The patched effect can be as simple as color-blocked intarsias or as complex as a collage of mixed stitchery. Space-dyed or marled yarns add more dimension, as do fringed edges. The technique works for flat knits and ribs as well as chunky cables, and a stretch lace version shows that these can be interpreted in cut-and-sew as well. Patchworked leather bags and sandals complete the look.
Textured tweeds are showing up all over Pre-Fall. Nubbly yarns and color-flecked weaves work for dresses, suits, outerwear and even pants. Leather-bound edges or frayed raw-cut edges finish. A new generation is drawn to the classic Chanel suit, made young this season with cargo pockets, patent trims, contrast arms or witty printed versions.
Leopard prints elicit strong feelings. Diana Vreeland said “I never met a leopard print I didn’t like” and Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine voices the time-honored opinion that “…leopard print is a neutral.” Leopard prints can go Kim K flashy, Deborah Harry punky or Jackie O classic. For pre-fall 18, leopard prints abound, and look right for coats, dresses, separates and accessories. Many of the prints use “realistic” markings, but novel approaches include mixing different scales, stretching and distorting the motif, or taking a flat graphic approach.