I love looking at crochet on the runway. I think designer crochet is fascinating. And I think some really cool new takes on crochet have come out recently (particularly the stuff put out by Christopher Kane for London Fashion Week). But I came across an article not that long ago that points out some of the crochet that’s on the runway these days isn’t all that original at all.
Alyx Gorman of The Vine put together the above photos of crochet on the runway along with a great article about how some of the crochet that’s coming out is really way too familiar. The images aobve are from (in order) a 2009 Romance Was Born collection, a 2010 runway show by Paul Smith and then this year’s show by House of Holland. And of course, all of these images are very reminiscent of the stuff that was popular in the 1970′s.
There are certainly subtle differences between all of these different items. I actually like the recent stuff by House of Holland. I think that the shapes for the crochet work are new and I also like the way that different patterns of granny squares are paired together to create really unique textures. But I do think it’s interesting that Gorman has pointed out how many years these very similar looks have been appearing on the runway.
What do you think about this issue – should designers be pushing the envelope more with the crochet they feature on the runway?