Crochet gets catwalk makeover

Crochet gets catwalk makeover

Crochet is witnessing a real boom at the minute, springing up all over international catwalks.

Famed in the 70s for its laidback look and feel, its semi-sheer appearance reveals makes it a feminine edition to summer wardrobes, especially when worn in maxi dresses, stylish vests, crop tops and shorts.

Sanaya Chavda described in DNA India that this craft is being picked up by designers and celebrities alike.

This includes international labels like Chanel, Isabel Marant, Emilio Pucci and Diane von Furstenberg, with actresses such as Zoe Saldana and teen icon Miley Cyrus pairing neutral crocheted outfits with neon-bright inners.

Indian fashion designer Priyadarshini Rao explained to the site why crochet detailing and clothing was both stylish and functional, as well as why she loves to work in this manner.

"Crochet has potential not just for clothing, but also accessories. It can be made in a variety of yarn blends and combined with beads and stones for a more glamorous look," Ms Rao claimed.

Famed for her love of layering and texture, she then recommended using different tensions to mix loose, more open crocheting with tighter sections of detailing.

Meanwhile fellow-Indian designer Pria Kataaria Puri suggested trying to bring a feminine touch to outfits by using crocheted lace.

It's "made out of cotton, so it's very summer friendly," she explained.

"When teamed with sequins, embroidery or given the tie-dye effect it can look very youthful. It's perfect as a little bolero or short jacket worn with jeans or as an embellishment put on cotton blouses or dresses," Ms Kataaria Puri told the website.

Crochet flowers can be a chic way to accessorise this season, and are relatively quick to produce, using two colours or more to create a layered brooch or handbag tie.

Cream lace is always a refreshing option for warmer weather and can be used as skirt or top edging, or even as a side panels on a holiday strappy top.

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