Create a collar for a fashion-forward spring look

War veteran reveals new passion for crochet (thinkstock)

You will probably have noticed by now that the annual New York Fashion Week is in full swing, with designers galore converging on Manhattan to show off their latest creations.

Lots of the looks are quite 'out there', but it is always worth taking a peek at what has been sent down the runways to see if there's anything we can adapt for our own wardrobes.

One thing we have noticed so far is a lot of collar-related activity, not just on the models, but also on the celebrities in attendance on the front rows too.

For example, Olivia Palermo wore a black top with a blue furry collar earlier this week, while Joan Rivers added a red variety to her red and black brocade jacket

Solange Knowles was spotted sporting a short-sleeved white blouse with a studded collar and former X Factor judge Kelly Rowland got photographed with both a showy lapel and a collar.

Clearly, this is a look that fashionistas are going to want to emulate, although you might not want to make your collars quite as enormous as the celebrity versions - they might get in the way somewhat.

Instead, why not try making your own collars using your knitting or crochet skills? We have plenty of patterns for accessories on our website, including a design by Sarah Hatton for a Peter Pan-type collar.

There is also a cape/poncho that has a stand-up collar and a pretty scallop edge if you want something that offers a little more coverage.

Guardian fashion expert Jess Cartner-Morley recently said a high, tight neck under a lower, looser one is right on-trend at the moment, so you could try wearing a polo neck and then your poncho or shirt-with-collar over the top.

This also provides the advantage of a) keeping you warm and b) being able to show off your crafty skills and how they help you keep up with the latest New York fashions!

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