Paint The Town Red This September & Meet Stacy Charles
String Yarns’ dance card is full for September with Master Workshops, exciting new classes, patterns, and yarns, and a visit from our very own Stacy Charles! But first up, an in-depth look at String Yarns’ special September garment…
We were thrilled to see the ruddy, sanguine “Aurora Red” on Pantone’s Fall 2016 color report. Classic and brisk, this deep ruby red brightens up a Fall color palette. It was a huge hit on all the Fall/Winter 2016 runways and has been popping up in magazine and online editorials since the beginning of Summer.
Clockwise from top left: Ralph Lauren FW2016, Burberry FW2016, J. Mendel FW2016, Rodarte FW2016, Balenciaga FW2016, Dolce & Gabbana FW2016, Marchesa FW2016, Valentino FW2016
This particular shade of red is romantic, beguiling, and best of all, timeless. Bold and warm, it looks fabulous on everyone who wears it.
Clockwise from top left: Kenzo Pre-Fall 2016, Fendi FW2016, Brunello Cucinelli Fall 2016, Celiné Fall 2016, Harper’s Bazaar Fall 2016, Elle Fanning for V Magazine Pre Fall 2016, Monique Lhuillier Fall 2016, Valentino Fall 2016 in Harper’s Bazaar
Its ubiquity is undeniable, and demanded a knit garment as timeless, wearable, and chic. String Yarns fabulous in-house designer, Lidia Karabinech, presented us with the Paint The Town Cardigan. We think she hit the nail on the head!
Paint The Town Red is knit in String Yarns 100% cashmere Classica. A neat, flattering fit comes courtesy of a smart detail—a thin strip of garter travels up both fronts, bounded by flowering increases and decreases that create a striking, vine-like detail. Cable braids add a finishing touch around the sleeves, and a folded lapel collar lends the whole look an office-friendly sophistication.
The Paint The Town Cardigan kit is available at 20% off for the remainder of September—grab it now while you can!
Next up, we sat down with String Yarns’ fearless leader, Stacy Charles, to chat about his upcoming Fall 2016 Fashion Presentation & Urban Knits Trunk Show at String.
Stacy will be at String Yarns on September 23rd at 6:30pm with select garments & accessories from Stacy Charles Fine Yarns new Fall collection, Urban Knits. Stacy will be talking fashion and trends with an insightful video presentation—it’s a great opportunity to see how your favorite garments go from runway to the needles.
What are some of your favorite, standout trends for Fall 2016?
The standout trends for me were openwork layering pieces, color blocking, and simple stitch patterns. I incorporated these in the Tribeca Capelet, Riverdale Wrap, Times Square Shell, Union Square Top, Midtown Scarf, Nolita Tee, Soho Pullover, and Stuyvesant Town Poncho respectively (below, clockwise starting from top left).
A sticking point about trends is how quickly they can fall out of fashion. When approaching the design process, how do you accomplish incorporating trends in a timeless way?
I never follow trends for fashion’s sake. Trendspotting early on—when we are developing and researching a new collection—informs my sensibility for that season. I then try to factor my own sensibility about hand knitting, yarn weights, stitch, and gauge, and ask myself what is appropriate. Will people wear this design? I always try to use trends with a timeless but fresh approach.
Who are some designers you watched for inspiration this season?
I always watch longstanding international collection designers: From France—Celine, Chloe, Les Copains. From Italy—Prada, Ferragamo, Dolce and Gabbana, and Missoni. From America—Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, and Marc Jacobs.
How does living in NYC help influence Stacy Charles Fine Yarns' collections?
Walking the streets of Manhattan is always inspiring. Just walking out my door and being aware of people, the architecture in the city, the store windows. My love of fashion begins with all these influences.
What do you look for when marrying a particular design with a particular Stacy Charles Fine Yarns yarn?
Developing many of our own yarns means I have a deep understanding of what a yarn can do. I know how it knits, how it drapes, how I can play with stitch and tension. I then try to select certain trends for a season, and marry the two. My ultimate approach is making styles in yarns that women will want to wear. My mantra each season is to “Keep it Fresh.” Isn’t that what fashion is all about?
Thanks, Stacy! The Urban Knits Trunk Show will be at String Yarns from September 23-29. If you miss this opportunity to see it LIVE with Stacy, be sure to stop by before it leaves!
Additional Upcoming September Events
Stacy Charles Fine Yarns Trunk Show
NYC Yarn Crawl
Stranded Color Knitting With Shirley Paden – 9am-1pm
Shirley Paden Knitwear Design Workshop Book Signing – 1pm