Thoughtful Shopper

Sunday 16 September 2012



We tend to forget that what the British love best – and do best – is knitwear: jumpers and shepherd’s pie were what we relied on before we all had central heating.

In the Sixties, Chanel made wool chic with the knit suit, and yesterday Sister by Sibling gave us a show that combined this most forgiving of fabrics with the elegance of a style of dressing we have half forgotten.

To the edgy voice of Seventies punk icon Poly Styrene from X-Ray Spex declaiming Oh Bondage! Up Yours!, we saw pleated white crochet tennis dresses and pink and green Toile de Jouy prints depicting scenes from last summer’s riots, many in classic ladylike shapes jazzed up with DayGlo colours and flower beads in coloured plastic.

Could this see a revival of knitwear not as body-con but as one of the most versatile components of our wardrobes? Poly Styrene was the muse for this show because she was the first to make ‘old lady’ modern. It seems absurd that such an important part of the British heritage should be so neglected when it suits all shapes and all ages.

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