Autumn/Winter, the time of year sales of knitwear sky rocket. There is nothing more pleasing than being enveloped in a lovely piece of knitwear on a cold mid winter day, unless ofcourse it’s a garish Christmas jumper that your gran knitted. Meet the knitwear maestros behind Alice Lee, making all the right impressions with their sculptural knitwear pieces.
The label is fronted by design duo Alice Smith and Lee Farmer. Alice graduted with an MA in Fashion Knitwear from the distinguished Central Saint Martins in 1998 and Lee was nurturing a very niche streetwear label called Guerrilawear. The pair decided to create a label with the intention of producing knitwear pieces that were beautifully fitted and created with a couture-like intricacy and detail. The duo began a trailblazing campaign from 2002 onwards when they were presented with the prestigious NewGen award consecutively for three season and to recognise their talents even further they gained the most sought after stockist of Harrods, Browns and the titanic Barneys’ of New York. To say they were searing hot property would be an understatement, as the pair also created collaborative pieces with Hardy Amies Couture and Giles Deacon enlisted their expertise for no less than six seasons to to create gorgeous statement knitwear pieces like nothing seen before.
The pair took a deserved break to focus on raising a family together, but they return with an Autumn/Winter collection that serves as a battle cry and leaves you wondering if they ever took a break at all. They emerged through Vauxhall Fashion Week’s seasonal “One to Watch” list, a kind of stamp that ensures numerous press attention and usually sets tongues wagging amongst fashionistas. Below are images from Alice Lee’s Autumn/Winter 2011 collection, and once again this year they are featuring during Vauxhall Fashion Week and showcasing their 2012 Spring/Summer Collection. Their current collection features some absolutely delectable pieces, some with gold and leather woven beautifully in together to create figure flattering and sensual, bodycon type designs. If only all winter knitwear was as delightful as Alice Lee, I guess I have to endure another year of garish Christmas jumpers. More information is available via their website.
images via fashion scout