London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 – Summer Knits

Knitwear is synonymous with winter and not usually associated with summer. So to offer their ‘purls’ of knitting wisdom for summer knitwear are:

i-am-chen

This Hong Kong-based fashion knitwear brand founded by ZHI Chen is the winner of the SS19 coveted Merit Award.

Watching the Vietnamese film, ‘The Scent of Green Papaya’, Chen was inspired by how the main character Mui finds beauty in the small details of her surroundings: water droplets on a leaf and speckled sunlight through the undergrowth. The green foliage and nourishing rain are the spirit of Chen’s SS19 collection.

She introduces the finest silk knit using an 18-gauge knitting machine with Japanese superfine silk yarn. Knitted together with Italian translucent yarn the result creates pieces shimmering like speckled sunlight.

The collection is colourful and youthful bringing a fun element to knitwear.

How to #RockItForRacing

Gorgeous colours and patterns are perfect for summery racedays. Our picks for a day at the races are:

Jewellery by Yui Jiang. Photo credit: Catherine Baker

www.i-am-chen.com

Johnstons of Elgin

Showcased a new and cutting-edge lightweight fabrication in cashmere silk and cotton illustrating the year round wearablitiy of cashmere.

Inspiration came from the island of Ischia situated in the bay of Naples, resulting in a colour palette of pastels, hot pinks, lemon, electric blue along with cool neutrals.

Three concepts to the collection take the wear from spring to summer:

Cruise-inspired pieces for the early spring chill: handmade double face duster wrap coat in navy and ecru teamed with wide striped loose pants.

High summer: dresses and blanket scarves in tissue-weight cashmere and mesh constructions bring a feel of barely there against the skin.

Designed for warm climates are kimono cuts, voluminous dresses and pyjama styles.

How to #RockItForRacing

Trouser suits and jumpsuits are on trend outfits with a twist of Italian inspiration.  Our picks for a day at the races are:

Jewellery by Pascale James. Sunglasses by Tom Davies. Photography by Mark Seager.

www.johnstonsofelgin.com

APUJAN

London based, Tawainese designer APUJAN is renowned for integrating patterns and knitwear techniques to illustrate themes inspired by fantasy and literature.

SS19 collection titled ‘Those Vanishing Creatures’ draws its inspiration from the flow of time reminding everyone of those fading endangered species and those that have already become extinct.

Prints feature the critically endangered Taiwanese salmon swimming amongst water plants and peering at the moonlit skyline above whilst the leopard cat and other strange creatures that exist in the great unknown beyond hide amidst the trees.

APUJAN knitwear ranges from the traditional hand knit to the neat modern computer knitting.

How to #RockItForRacing

Subtle elegance with a pop of personality makes a versatile raceday outfit. Our top picks for a day at the races with their statement knitted hats are:

Photography by Simon Armstrong.

www.apujan.com

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