Admiration (and a bit of knitspiration)

6 March 2009

I've started doing my New York designer research already (in preparation for all those fashion week shows I'll be attempting to gatecrash), and came across Ideeen, a relatively new label which seems to create a mixture of draped and sculptural pieces, with some textured knits. I'm particularly drawn to the current Spring Summer collection (as it's cheering me up as we slooowly leave the long Winter months). The look book easily shows how this innovative knitwear can fit into your everyday life, combination of macrame-like cables and lace stitches reminiscent of netting. There's a lot of DIY potential here, saving you a lot of money as a knit dress from the collection is around $400. I think it'd be quite fun to play around with these techniques, twisting bits of fabric and adding metal rings similar to the look in the middle.

There is also a mixture of faded floral prints and more graphic, fragmented patterns, as well as a bit of tartan. My favourite looks are below, the knitted dress is particularly loved, as I'm obsessed with seams and panels, which separate the collage of knit techniques. There is also a lot of draped jersey, which is simple and never overdone.

I'm going to be attempting a bit of DIY (obviously fashion related, not the actual building of stuff) this weekend, even though I still have some research to do for my latest project, but I'm trying to save a bit of money instead of buying a new outfit. I'm off to Paris next week (I know I seem to be globetrotting quite a bit - this never happens) to see the Sonia Rykiel exhibition, so am hoping to find some vintage bargains. Has anyone been to Paris and got any shopping tips when on a budget? Or maybe the tip is not to bother shopping at all...


  1. i love the yellow dress in the bottom picture, it's very interesting!

  2. I love the nudes! And yeah it's definately worth paying to shop because the discounts are incredible and you get to watch the catwalk which is AHMAZINGGG.

    x x x

  3. If you come in Paris YOU HAVE TO GO to the district "Le Marais", you'll find a lof of shops and coffees. It' like Soho in London. I live there so...
    And "Montmartre", cause it's the most romantic & beautiful place in Paris.

    The concept store the most famous is COLETTE. It's incredible, it's in the district "Tuileries"

    If you want to party, the best places or LE REGINE and LE BARON.

    I think you know everything now :)

  4. I like the idea to knit some details for dresses.
    How is your sweater doing? :D I mean did you already finish a front part of it?

  5. i love the nudes and the spring looks,
    makes me feel happy and warm:)

  6. cool, i've found a fellow knitter!