Perhaps it’s the thought of the cooler months closing in, but I have recently developed a real penchant for knitwear – and in particular the exciting and emerging designers who are bringing it to the catwalks. And so I bring you Derek Lawlor, a textile savvy designer heralding from Central St. Martins BA and MA curriculums, who is now at the helm of his own self-titled label.
Established in 2009, Derek Lawlor is bringing an entirely new perspective to the knitwear genre that is sweeping London by way of Clarissa Labin, Mark Fast and Markus Lupfer to name but a few. Having worked for Michiko Koshino, V V Rouleaux and Jasper Gardiva, Lawlor has developed a portfolio of innovative textile techniques, which capture his individuality. His quest for textile progress has led to a unique ‘cording’ technique which he initially created whilst on his MA programme and has gone on to develop for his first two seasons. The technique involves lacing waxed cording through body skimming cashmere dresses to create organic and sculptured shapes on the body’s contours, consequently bridging the gap between art and fashion.
Sarah Mower described his A/W 09 presentation as ‘fabulous knitwear’ and with a collaboration with Finnish textile company Marimekko for A/W10 under his belt, Derek Lawlor is most definitely one to watch. You can shop for Derek Lawlor’s head-turning knitwear at Couturelab.