With a focus on knitwear, this month Something Curated highlights the knitted masterpieces of five compelling designers and fashion labels. Beautiful and practical – some more pragmatic than others – these unique garments are all perfectly suited to the chilly months ahead. Keep scrolling to discover the brilliant pieces available for purchase this October.
Archive Wool Gloved Sweater, 1989 || Comme des Garçons
The expression “cult following” often arises when describing Comme des Garçons, the fashion house owned and led by Rei Kawakubo and Adrian Joffe. While Comme des Garçons does have a dedicated core fanbase, cult following sells the brand short. It is a true global phenomenon—an extensive, flourishing empire. The label started in Tokyo, where Kawakubo was born. The designer had no formal fashion training when she founded the company in 1969 and caught the attention of the industry with her outlandish flair. This highly collectible and practical piece appeared in the designer’s 1989 Fall/Winter collection. Available at 1stdibs.
Stripy Knit Long Dress || Paula Canovas Del Vas
For London-based Spanish designer Paula Canovas del Vas, accidents are an integral part of design. The Central Saint Martins graduate draws on the Japanese aesthetic concept of wabi-sabi, a view centred around the acceptance of imperfection, in the development of her whimsical womenswear. This approach, rich with playful chance and ingenuity, is well exhibited in her eponymous collection. del Vas channels rather than controls the chaos around her, accepting its imperfections to produce an array of convivial looks, such as this wonderful knitted dress. Available at SSENSE.
Hole Wool Sweater || Craig Green
A former MA Fashion graduate from Central Saint Martins, Craig Green established his eponymous label in 2012 and quickly asserted himself as one-to-watch on the London Men’s Fashion Week calendar. Drawing on utilitarian and military references, his label has earned him a cult global following through its emotive and considered reinterpretations of workwear and heritage pieces. The hole sweater has become somewhat a signature from the designer over the years. This particular orange iteration is knitted from 100% wool in a relaxed fit and has a crewneck with ribbed trims. Available at Mytheresa.
Embroidered Crochet Zip Sweater || Stefan Cooke
LVMH Prize nominees, Stefan Cooke and his partner Jake Burt have swiftly become menswear staples with their London based brand. Their presentations of quintessentially British styles mixed with a hint of rebellion are now a firm favourite during Men’s Fashion Week. Think theatrical prints, casual separates and accessories with an unexpected twist. This neutral embroidered crochet zip sweater is crafted in wool, cotton and cashmere. It features a high collar with a partial zip, long sleeves with cut-out elements, contrasting embroidered detailing and ribbed trims. Available at Browns.
Wool Hood || JW Anderson
JW Anderson launched his progressive and conceptually provocative womenswear line in 2010, after studying menswear at the London College of Fashion. Now one of the fastest rising talents in British fashion, Anderson serves as creative director of LOEWE while continuing to challenge norms with his own line. The designer’s playful personality translates into the brand’s kitsch accessories. This hood is knitted from soft wool for a cosy feel, which you’ll appreciate on chilly days. It’s fitted with exaggerated drawstrings and intended to be layered over the coordinating snood. Available at Net-a-Porter.
Feature image: Hole Wool Sweater by Craig Green (via Mytheresa)