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Crochet is Waifs, Allure, 1994.

So fresh & exciting: DVF 2009 Spring Crochet

There is a Crochet revival going on.  While everyone is raging for the popularity of lace right now, it’s crochet that will arrive at the prom with her braces off, a pair of contacts in lieu of black frames, a pink tulle, sequin dress and totally hot.  Did you like my Pygmalion/She’s All That analogy?  She is the underdog of the Romantic movement and similar to lace, crochet is associated with the hippie aesthetic that is ever popular with us boho fashionistahs.

Remember how the fashion world went gaga for the waif? The rise of Kate Moss.

I believe crochet is a more difficult fashion undertaking as it can easily slip into granny doilie or look very unattractive in the wrong hue.  I feel extremely nostalgic towards crochet because it’s one of my favourite memories of my youth in 1994, the time when waifs usurped the supermodels, pale glossy lips were all the rage and grunge permeated high fashion (albeit briefly).  My besties A&D, ever the fashion-risk takers, unafraid to dress to the beat of their own drum, have always had a love affair with crochet with their tiny knit mini dresses and gogo boots, a look only these Alexa Chung/Milla Jovovich/Christy Turlington type of girls can pull off.

When selecting the right crochet, here are some rules to live by:

1.  White, Cream or Black – I am a big supporter of colour, however, nice crochet only comes in these colours.  I have seen it done in other hues but I invariably end up shaking my head.  Trust.

2.  Skin Is In – Crochet looks best when a hint of flesh peaks out.  Tighter weaves in nubbier yarns also appear chunky, hence, you might look like you’ve gained 20 lbs.  There are great spider weaves and interestingly intricate designs.  If you are more demure about showing it all off in your crochet, you can always wear a nude undergarment layered underneath. 

3. Work a Look – If you’re going to go crochet hippie, try it with a lovely middle part, some creamy chocolate eyeshadow and a delicate shade of nude lipgloss. 

For more on how the starlets wear their Crochet, check out Who What Wear’s Trend Report.   

Kissable Pale Lips: Gemma Covers Italian Vogue.



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