Knitwear is having a drawn-out moment and it can’t all be down to The Killing’s Sarah Lund. Every wardrobe needs something warm and cosy, and these sweaters in softest cashmere and with a bit of oomph make terrific presents.
Barrie, the Scottish knitwear company bought by Chanel in 2012, is launching its first ready-to-wear collection designed by Odile Massuger, who is the knitwear specialist at the Chanel studio. And very distinctive it is too. The Landscape sweater (£740), for instance, features rolling Scottish hillsides, with their peaty, heathery colours, and even a white-walled croft on the horizon. There are also striking florals (£655) in pink and white or blue and pale grey.
Miu Miu has the sweetest sugar-pink round-necked jumper (£1,010), given life and zip with red beads and sequins sewn into a floral motif; Marni has added crystals to the neckline of an impeccably chic plain-grey number (£850); while Derek Lam has embellished the neck and shoulders of an otherwise simple white design (£1,290, pictured) with a dramatically glamorous black latticework pattern. Next to so much decorative pizzazz, Jil Sander’s plain sweaters (£870) seem a tad on the dull side at first – but feel the cashmere, look more closely at the easy, slouchy cut and, in particular, the soft-antique-rose hue of the pink version, and you’ll see why they’re special.