Tuinch

Every so often a label appears out of nowhere that piques my interest. This happened with Tuinch, a brand I’ve discovered while browsing Moda Operandi’s trunkshows last season. I fell in love with it at the first sight – and you will, too. Founder Veronique Vermussche is a passionate knitter, spending much of her free time creating elaborate sweaters and other garments. She combines this passion with her other ones: fashion and travel. The story of Tuinch started quite by coincidence. Traveling home from a vacation in the Himalayas, Veronique’s flight got delayed and she found warmth and comfort wrapping herself in a cashmere scarf bought from a local artisan. This way Veronique fell in love with cashmere, the beloved material that feels likes silk, but warms like lamb wool. The idea grew to develop a cashmere-only knitwear line. Back home she started working on her first collection, autumn-winter 2016, and travelled back extensively to the Himalayas to understand all aspects of the Asian cashmere tradition and to source the finest wool and discover the best artisans. Tuinch’s collections combine an artistic vision with elegant silhouettes. They are truly innovative by revisiting cashmere in not so classic designs we often see in stores and from other brands. The Antwerp-based label is about to release two new capsule collections for autumn-winter season. One is more bold and playful, with an energetic colour palette and knitted, three-dimensional bees (!) stuck on the sleeves. The other capsule is equally artisan, but more suited for, let’s say, beautiful mountain trips or escapes to the country. Those earthy shades used in oversized cardigans, ponchos and turtlenecks look too good. Not speaking of all the timeless, tartan plaids… I tell you, keep Tuinch on your radar when colder days come. Here are the knits that will serve for years!

Discover the brand here.

All collages by Edward Kanarecki.

Knit Wonderland. Missoni AW19

unnamed-1

Angela Missoni’s autumn-winter 2019 collection for her family brand was all about knitwear – which isn’t really a surprise, since we’re talking about Missoni, the ultimate knit kingdom. Cozy ponchos, V-neck dresses worn over turtlenecks, lurex-like pants in ocean blue, an ethnic robe coat worn with an orange hoodie… everything that makes winter dressing sound not that bad. Who wouldn’t want to layer up in these soft, fleecy garments? I also really loved the striped tights styled with matching outerwear. Bella Hadid’s look was just it.

unnamed-6unnamed-3unnamed-5unnamed-7unnamed-4

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

Resist. Missoni AW17

_arc0882

At the end of the show, the models and entire Missoni family marched down the runway wearing knitted pussyhats. That was a clear nod to the protests that took place across United States in the last months and it proved once again that fashion reflects on global events and situations. There was a beautiful sense of unity felt in the collection, as Angela Missoni, the brand’s creative director, concluded the show with a powerful speech. But that’s not the end of Missoni’s humanitarian aims – some proceeds from the collection are going to the American Civil Liberties Union and the UN Refugee Agency. Respect. Other brands, take notes. If speaking of the collection, it was a celebration of the brand’s knitwear heritage. But also, it was filled with vibrant colours and arty patterns – something we all need in troubled times.

slide01slide02slide03slide04slide06slide05slide1-kopia-2

Knitted Needs. Pringle of Scotland AW17

kim_0442

Fran Stringer, the creative director of Pringle of Scotland, nails it with every season. The designer has found the perfect balance between the brand’s knit legacy and the wardrobe of a contemporary woman, through incorporating top-notch craftsmanship and timeless silhouettes. Her pre-fall collection was a statement about long, knitted dresses, while for autumn-winter 2017 she continues to experiment with this signature. First looks were the flowing, total-black ensembles, while the last (worn by Adwoa Aboah, above) went crazy floral. If you’re already thinking about buying this ready-to-flatter investment piece – Pringle is the go-to brand.

slide1-kopia-6slide2-kopiaslide3slide4slide5slide1-kopia-2

Cozy. A Détacher AW17

_lll2525

Mona Kowalska differs from the rest of New York pack. Her collections at A Détacher always feel so tranquil and distant from the fuss. No celebrities, no far-fetched venues. It’s oure focus on the clothes. For autumn-winter 2017, the New York-based designer thought of cozy knits – from striped skirt with matching cardigan to wispy in texture sweaters, A Détacher’s clients will have a lot to choose from this autumn in the flagship store on Mulberry street. There was urban-cool tartan plaid; a bit of florals on the baggy dresses; lovely ‘townhouse’ print on sweatshirts. Daily essentials, which can be worn in many ways, according to your mood.

slide1-kopia-4slide2slide3slide4slide1-kopia-3