A New Formula for Stretch Knits
by Alexa Hotz
Photographed by Hanna Tveite
Two parts merino, cashmere, or virgin wool to one part nylon, rayon, or spandex. That’s the formula for a good stretch knit. The “second skin” kind. The kind that doesn’t pill up or wear out, but rather, snaps right back into place after wear.
Soft, supple, and stretchable knits act as modern armor and if you can double- or triple-up all the better. In this season’s color du moment, a layered mélange of snappy knits inspires the letting go and total release, or as the French say, relaché.
In a style borrowed from an Upper East Sider’s 1970s twinset, a sleeveless turtleneck is rendered in luxury Mongolian cashmere; ribbed at the neck and sleeves for the perfect fit. Then comes the wrap sweater, done entirely in black wool that ties at the waist, which is just one way to wear it. Here it is reversed, knotted, and threaded—or layered over a turtleneck for something entirely new.
A standard pullover doesn’t have to be worn standard. Tied around the waist, tourist-style; layered over the shoulders; or slung around the neck, there’s more to be had with more than one knit. Here, a ribbed turtleneck tunic with a belt (its formula is acrylic, viscose, and wool) is worn over white cashmere. It’s just one of the many layers in this all-knit ensemble.
Central to this multi-layered look is a fine knit dress in wool, spandex, and nylon with a long belt that can do just about anything. It’s paired with a Peat brown melton wool coat, another style borrowed from the 70s, and a dark brown turtleneck in fine merino. Here, one look stretches to four as the knit belt goes from necklace to scarf and back again, fastening in an another layer of knitted goods.
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Styling Katie Burnett
Makeup Rei Tajima
Model Lili Sumner at Next Models