Trend Report: Sartorial Sparkles & The Riviera Pullover
(L-R, all Spring 2016) Giorgio Armani Privé, Lanvin, Temperley London Spring, Tibi, Badgley Mischka
If you’ve kept an eye on the runways and red carpets and peeped the latest looks on the city streets, you’ve probably witnessed this twinkling trend on the rise.
(Clockwise from top left) Gucci SS2016, Taylor Swift Vogue May 2016, Rihanna Vogue April 2016, Michael Kors Marie Claire Australia February 2016, L'Officiel May 2016 Mia Wasikowska in Valentino
Sequins are having a moment. Not only are sequin-studded garments & accessories wildly popular for 2016, but the look is also considered one of the most wearable, so now is the perfect time to embrace blinding onlookers with your sheer brilliance.
(Clockwise from top left): Rachel McAdams, Saoirse Ronan, Brie Larson, Alexa Chung, Ciara, Naomi Watts, Kylie Jenner, Nicole Kidman
Adding a little sparkle to your knitting with sequins is a fairly simple endeavor—and no, you don’t need to thread the little buggers onto your yarn. The yarn industry has blessed knitters with myriad options for yarns that have been embellished with sequins, paillettes, and metallic fibers. String Yarns has made it even easier to find shimmering yarns by choosing “sequins” from our fiber dropdown menu or you can find using the “Search” function.
Since we are, after all, lovers of all things fashion and fiber—and we consider ourselves a shining beacon for crafters on the Upper East Side—we have our own take on the trend.
The Riviera Pullover was designed by Lidia Karabinech to embrace adding a little sartorial sparkle to your wardrobe. A marriage of chic European style and sophisticated Manhattan sensibilities, Riviera has a figure-flattering A-line silhouette, subtle shaping, and a décolletage-framing V-neckline.
Riviera isn’t just a marriage of style, it’s a relationship between two delicate fibers: Filatura Di Crosa’s Superior, a lux, laceweight cashmere-silk-merino blend, and Stacy Charles Fine Yarns’ Flora, a laceweight cotton kissed with sequins.
We talked a little bit about how the properties of different fibers shape the behavior of a finished garment in a recent blog post, and those ideas come to bear here. Superior’s blend of cashmere, silk, and merino lends Riviera a beguiling softness and decadent drape with just the hint of elasticity, while the cotton in Flora adds breathability and stability. And of course, the sequins add a gorgeous shimmer that catches the light without being totally overwhelming. Riviera is a wonderful entrée into the sequin trend for anyone interested in adding a little sparkle to their wardrobe—it’s universal and timeless.
It’s also easy to dress up or down with Riviera. It looks as lovely paired with cuffed jeans and sneakers as with a diaphanous maxi skirt and sandals. While it may feel like sequins are only appropriate if you’re Cinderella on her way to the ball, the sequin trend is surprisingly easy to style—for some inspiration, check out the great examples below. Shorts, sneakers, skirts, heels, jeans—anything goes!
The Riviera Pullover is 20% off for the entire month of June! Browse the different color options for Superior & Flora and consider whether you’re a woman who loves to coordinate or contrast!
Do you love this year’s hot sparkle trend? Do you own anything that sparkles? Have you worked with sequined yarns? Let us know in the comments!