Crafty fashion

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How to weave the SS’19 trend into your wardrobe this year

 

Traditional textile techniques came to the fore in the spring collections. How to be fashionable this season? Well, according the catwalks, you just need to grab a square of fishing net and drape it artfully around you. That's what JW Anderson and Dion Lee appeared to have done with their models, who sashayed down the runway in fringed net dresses and very little else.

These slinky pieces are part of a wider spring/summer 2019 trend which saw designers focusing firmly on craftsmanship, with crochet taking centre stage everywhere from Michael Kors to Mary Katrantzou, and a macrame bag becoming the must-have designer accessory of the season.

When it comes to wearing the trend in real life, net dresses work best as beachwear (because then you can wear a swimsuit underneath to save your blushes), but you can find some pretty crochet dresses lined with fabric that aren't quite so revealing. Likewise, a crochet top layered over a nude cami and teamed with cream trousers makes a chic summer ensemble. Or try pairing a slouchy woven sweater with a floral dress or faded denim, for a Seventies vintage vibe.

Colour-wise, the craft look is all about all about neutrals and earthy tones like terracotta, sunflower yellow and burnt orange - the kind of hues that look great with a tan and smattering of gold jewellery. The finishing touch, naturally, is a woven bag, and this season there are so many gorgeous designs to choose from.

A roomy straw tote is the perfect beach holdall, while a dinky macrame crossbody purse is ideal for summer nights.

Here's our pick of the best crafty cuts on the high street...

M&Co Crochet Yoke Maxi Dress

M&Co Crochet Yoke Maxi Dress

Lipsy Flute Sleeve Crochet Jumper, available from Next

Lipsy Flute Sleeve Crochet Jumper, available from Next

Monsoon Maiya Macrame Toe Post Sandals

Monsoon Maiya Macrame Toe Post Sandals

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