In all but tropical climes, every wardrobe needs sweaters, and while each year sees some statement pieces, this one sees them playing a starry role in the look of the moment. Frills, peplums, lace, striking patterns, pop art and trompe l’oeil are just some of the ways that designers are lending verve and interest to their knitwear this season.
There’s Mary Katrantzou, who has created a wild and wonderful jumper of black and grey swirls with metallic thread (£945). Miu Miu has gone all girly with a gorgeous knit in sky-blue and a jewelled collar (£645). For evening, it offers an equally demure yet finer knit in a black wool blend with an embellished pinky-beige collar (£660; second picture, on left). Chloé, which now has Clare Waight Keller (formerly at Pringle) as its designer, also channels a flirty vibe, with a creamy, floral-lace and wool-blend number (£700). Markus Lupfer is having a love-in with trompe l’oeil, and has a particularly witty piece in merino wool sporting a sequined Union Jack bag (£310). Valentino has an elegant design in black wool/cashmere that incorporates a peplum (£800).
If you fancy a chunky knit, then JW Anderson has an eye-popping merino-wool offering in red, black and cream, for £525. Or for a full-on graphic print, Aubin & Wills has a grey intarsia version featuring a fox (£125; second picture, on right). Meanwhile, 3.1 Phillip Lim goes the pop-art route with his Ka-Pow and The Break-up sweaters (£390). Stella McCartney, too, has put a striking intarsia pattern on to wool – in olive, blue, red and black (£535). For something prettier, there are blowsy red roses and cherries in silk/cashmere at DKNY (£195), while Giles Deacon has a cute frozen garden printed pullover with a satin collar (£595; first picture).
There are lots of routes you can go down, but they all point to one thing: if you buy nothing else this season, get yourself an eye‑catching sweater.