Right now one of the most key trends for Spring is crochet and I’m having a love affair with it.
A big caveat with crochet is that how a crochet is look is put together is really important. This coat by Dancing Dollars London is completely handmade, made from vintage fabric, and I’m just Wowed by how special I feel brightening Abbey Road wearing it.
Ever since I was 15, I’ve had a passion for mixing designer pieces with vintage – determined that my outfits would look different, and have something special and unique to them. Now a Fashion Consultant, you can tell I’m still obsessed with experimenting and creating different mixes and looks, especially with unique pieces from extraordinary makers.
I’m doing my best to channel spring in the London cold! Going for a cashmere swearer and jeans with this amazing crochet piece, picking out the greens and burgundy with playful Miu Miu heels, classic Chanel bag, and mint green fur pompom by Gemmi, another unique handcrafted brand I adore.
I love how ranged crochet can be, from super fine, delicate pieces – almost like lace, to bold, bright and assertive, like the coat I’m wearing today. I love how it shows off the craftsmanship – you can see every single stitch, every choice of colour, and to know that it’s made by hand, the outcome of someone’s dedicated time and passion, gives me this amazing love and respect for the clothes I’m putting on my back. It’s the opposite of fast fashion where we have no direct knowledge of its making or its story (unless you’re visiting the factories and meeting Industrial Fashion Makers, which I have done many times). As a result, with fast fashion you don’t have the same emotional connection you get with something you know is one of a kind, hand produced with hours and hours of love and attention.
So today walking down the street I know I have an outfit that no one can replicate, that is me through and through, and I couldn’t feel happier or more confident. All I want is to empower people who love fashion and clothes as much as I do to find these unique makers who’re making incredible things that will be so loved by wearers.