How Runway Influenced The Asbury Cardigan
The leaves are changing here in New York City as once again the seasons turn, turn, turn. New Fall knitwear collections are slowly hitting newsstands and the internet as we all prepare for the deep, dark days of Winter ahead of us. There is nothing so inspiring during this time of year as a comfy, toasty-warm Fall layer that is as joyful to make as it is to wear. It settles us into the season and becomes our warrior wear against the coming cold weather.
Which brings us to String Yarns October special, the Asbury Cardigan in String Dolcetto, which might be our best Fall/Winter layer to date. We don’t think there is a more perfect Fall layer, but really, this is a cardigan for all seasons and occasions. A flexible, versatile garment, it’s not quite a cardigan, not quite a coat, but something in between—with all the benefits of both!
The Asbury Cardigan in String Dolcetto
The former trend graced several runways this season in the form of fringe, beads, leather straps, satin ribbons, and yes, cables.
Clockwise from top left: Altuzarra Fall 2016, Christopher Raeburn Fall 2016, Delpozo Pre-Fall 2016, Joseph Fall 2016, Belstaff Fall 2016, Pringle of Scotland Fall 2016, Red Valentino Fall 2016, Laura Biagiotti Fall 2016
Strategically placed cables (as opposed to a fully cabled sweater) are the user-friendliest embellishment for knitters—no need to purchase anything additional! Resident in-house designer Lidia Karabinech thoughtfully placed cables in the upper front and back of the Asbury Cardigan. They wind all the way to Asbury’s high-neck collar, which is a welcomed bulwark against the cold winds of the season. She added matching cables to the forearms for a stunning symmetry. They look all the more striking when the sleeves are pushed up (see below).
(L-R) The Asbury Cardigan and a Delpozo Fall 2016 sweater. Notice the similarities—both in the style of the cables as well as their placement over only half the garment.
Longline cardigans have been a hot trend for a few years now. Maxi cardigans are slimming, comfortable, and well suited for Fall and Winter layering. The Asbury Cardigan is a fabulous length, with the lower half blooming outward from where the cables end, giving the silhouette a swingy, figure-flattering drape. String Dolcetto’s blend of cashmere and merino wool creates beautiful stitch definition and a warm, luxurious, and relaxed fabric.
Maxi Cardigans clockwise from top left: Ulla Johnson Fall 2016, Sportmax Fall 2016 RTW, Les Copains Fall 2016 RTW, Laura Biagiotti FW2016-17, Diane von Furstenberg Pre-Fall/Winter 2016, Ryan Roche Fall 2016, Milly Pre-Fall 2016, Totti Fall 2016
A zipper closure lends an air of sophistication to the Asbury Cardigan, elevating it above the standard longline cardigan. This is where Asbury can easily pass for a coat—that extra finishing (pun intended!) touch really takes it from simply being a cozy Fall garment to an elegant, office-appropriate statement piece.
Zipper detail on the Asbury Cardigan
Inspired by these two very hot trends, the Asbury Cardigan in String Dolcetto is at once au courant and eternally stylish. Cast it on for Fall 2016, but wear it forever—whether you finish it in time or not, it’s a look you’ll always cherish.
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