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Queene and Belle: Highland stylin’

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If I were a magazine editor, I would be complaining that you can hardly see the clothes in these Queene & Belle look book pictures. But it’s not just about the individual pieces, it’s also about the mood and an aesthetic. So personally I’m all in favour of this lighthearted Scottish knitwear brand and its thrown-together styling…. Continue reading

Bella Freud’s new knits: Love. Kisses. Forever.

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Another perfectly-considered offering from Bella Freud. If you’re a fan of her hand-drawn typography, you’ll love these romantic wool sweaters in classic shapes and muted colours, produced exclusively for Net-a-Porter.com

Bella Freud wool sweater, £250
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How to beat the cold snap, one luxe layer at a time

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In London we haven’t had a truly cold snap yet this year but I’m bracing myself. If the threats are true that we’re in for the harshest winter since 1949, then I plan to be thoroughly insulated. Continue reading

First look at Ryan McGinley and Chloe Sevigny’s videos for Uniqlo (and some of the 330 knitwear colour options)

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“I guess I would wear cashmere if I wanted to feel cozy and comfortable. Cashmere always makes you feel like you’re being hugged by maybe ten people, and it also makes you feel like you’re right next to a fireplace.” So coos Ryan McGinley in soothing tones in this slightly cheesy video for Uniqlo.

Scoffing aside I must admit I’m tempted by the cut and colours of these Uniqlo men’s cashmere knits*, which are part of the silk and cashmere line and come in 330 colour options.  Continue reading

Get ready for Chinti And Parker Meets Patternity

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1 Chinti and Parker meets Patternity - £420

Breaking news: those fabulous Chinti And Parker initial sweaters are now in the sale at half price on Net-a-Porter-com. I have the N one and can’t recommend it highly enough. In other Chinti And Parker news, there’s a great AW13 collab getting ready to drop in a couple of weeks with Patternity. The Chinti And Parker Meets Patternity collection comprises ethically-produced  jersey separates, plus knit pants, dresses and sweaters in C & P’s signature cashmeres and Patternity’s geometric graphics. Continue reading

Personalised style: Chinti and Parker’s initial sweater

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This year is all about the personalised gift, whether that’s monogramming, customising or having things made for you completely from scratch. To those I’d add these Chiniti and Parker initial sweaters. Although I love having my name on things, I wouldn’t want it emblazoned across a sweater, but these supersized initials are so big they’re almost abstract.

The navy cashmere sweaters come in one size, which on me is suitably slouchy (I’m a UK 8), and are perfect for weekend afternoons out and about when you want to be warm enough but not bundled in a dozen layers. I usually stick to plain navy, black or grey knits but the contrast of navy with winter white results in a much-needed brightening effect on dull skin. At £350 these aren’t cheap, but they’re made in Italy from Italian cashmere and Chinti and Parker prides itself on its ethical practices.

I also asked about my cashmere bugbear – bobbling cashmere. Chinti and Parker’s Anna Singh’s advice is to “invest in a debobbler. Contrary to popular belief, high quality cashmere still bobbles over time. Our designer uses a blunt razor to keep hers nice and smooth, stretching her sweater out on an ironing board, but even she admits to the odd mishap, so a debobbler* is best.”

Buy your initial sweater from Net-a-Porter or Chinti and Parker.

*UPDATE: Thank you lovely Amanda from The Womens Room blog for recommending the ‘John Lewis clothes shaver‘ for debobbling duties…
** Typically, it’s currently out of stock

James Long for Topman drops any day now

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This is the season of the super-sweater and there are none more super than James Long’s exclusive new knits for Topman. Suitably texture-clashy in keeping with the trend for smooth-meets-hairy jumpers, these seven British-made knits arrive in store and online on Monday 12th November. Continue reading

Britsh Designers Collective: Fifteen minutes with Bella Freud

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Bella Freud knitwear

I’m sitting in Bella Freud’s living room, surrounded by her family photos, her dad’s artworks and her wonderful playful knitwear. Bella is seated in front of me, wearing faded-to-perfection flared jeans and one of her own Star Man jumpers talking about knitting. Continue reading

Buy it now: sale knits

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Following on from yesterday’s post, there’s a raft of good, knitty sale buys out there. I know our winter has been pretty mild but still, I’m all about an exciting sweater as they’re the things I wear most and there’s only so much navy merino I can take. Continue reading

Introducing Shaun Samson and Peroni Collaborazioni

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I’ve noticed a bit of a pattern. All the womenswear designers I’m most excited about at London Fashion Week started out in menswear. Margaret Howell began with a handful of shirts, J W Anderson with his neurotic boy outsider references and Sibling with their subversive man-sized cashmeres. Continue reading

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