Day: November 1, 2020

Trend watch: Fair Isle knits are a cottagecore winner

By Jo Jones and Helen Seamons

With their intricate patterns and artisanal credentials, Fair Isle knits are both nostalgic and a sure hit for the coming season. Here’s our pick of the best

Although the vast majority of this knitwear is not actually made on Fair Isle, it’s still possible to buy authentic garments from local knitters. Bona fide Fair Isle knitter Mati Ventrillion is based on the island and knits to order (from £330), later this month, she launches Mak-Kist knit kits in traditional colours (£50), complete with driftwood knitting needles, to make your own wristband or ski hat, and her recent book, Knitting from Fairisle (£16.52), details the history of the intricate patterns and how to knit them.

Investing in a hand knit is a great way to support small businesses specialising in craftsmanship and artisanal skills. Family owned label, & Daughter, have a modern take on the traditional yoke style, which looks great worn over a midi dress or flat-fronted cropped trousers and hiking boots – see also Toast’s all-over pattern and seamless yoke versions.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/01/trend-watch-fair-isle-knits-are-a-cottagecore-winner

      

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Sinéad Burke: ‘My goal was to change the entire fashion system’

By Mark Smith

Sinéad Burke is a little person in big demand for her campaigning work in fashion. The Irish disability advocate, teacher and author talks about visiting the White House, working with Meghan Markle and shaking up the industry

Sinéad Burke almost didn’t talk about fashion and disability at the behest of the Obamas in September 2016, having mistaken their invitation to the White House Design For All showcase for a phishing scam. A polite email nudging the then 26-year-old Irish teacher and disability advocate for her RSVP did the trick, leaving Burke with two dilemmas: “First, what would I say, and second, what would I wear?”

Burke – who had a fashion industry-focused blog called Minnie Mélange – is a little person, the term she favours when referencing her achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, that means she has shorter-than-average limbs. Desirable frocks and footwear are hard to come by, she says, when you’re 3ft 5in and “a size 12 in the children’s shoe department.”

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/01/sinead-burke-my-goal-was-to-change-the-entire-fashion-system-

      

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