Crochet On The Runway - Round 2

Submitted by Regev on Sun, 06/06/2021 - 18:00 CEST

Back by popular demand, I give you - Crochet On The Runway Vol. 2.
This topic was just so popular the last time, that I had to go and search for some more great example for crochet runway looks (and some not so great...).

Dolce & Gabbana
Oh yes, you are bound to find crochet items in every new D&G collection! Their crochet accessories are especially popular amongst celebrities and fashionistas.
The brand debuted its first collection in 1986, and has been known for dramatic, sexy clothing ever since. Crochet fits perfectly with their design aesthetic, and can be found as part of their ready-to-wear as well as haute couture and accessories collections. They often feature crochet wearables for both men and women, in spring-summer as well as fall-winter runway shows. With this brand, crochet seems to always be in style.
If you wanted to treat yourself to one of their super cute and trendy crochet bags, you'll have to part with an average of $2,000. Too much for you? Well, you can always treat yourself to a more modestly priced item - a pair of crochet ballerina flats for $800...

An average price of $2,000 - D&G Crochet Handbag

Dramatic and sexy designs - D&G 2020 Spring-Summer Collection

The Christian Dior label was founded in Paris, France in 1946. The brand's style focuses on feminine sophistication and blends simplicity with elegance.
The house of Dior has been a strong name in fashion almost since day one. Amongst the company's head designers were Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan and John Galliano - some of the biggest names in the industry.
Since the brand was home to many different designers over the years, each putting forward their own design styles, crochet seems to come and go with Dior. However, when it does appear, it is the depiction of sophistication - sleek and elegant.

Feminine sophistication - Dior Resort Collection 2018

One crochet item in a collection every few years - Dior spring 2021 collection

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel was born in France on August 19th 1883. She opened her first hat boutique in 1910, and the rest is history. Over a century later, the house of Chanel is still one of the strongest names in the fashion industry, with products that range from clothing to perfumery and cosmetics. It focuses on women's high fashion and ready-to-wear clothes, luxury goods and accessories. Simple but elegant styles produced by the brand over the years have become iconic.
Crochet items mainly appear in the brand's accessories collections (mainly bags), but every now and then you might find a cardigan or a skirt as well. No matter what the item is, it quickly becomes know within the crochet community, with hundreds of attempts to re-create it. You can find Chanel-Inspired crochet patterns all over the internet.
It is understandable that crocheters around the world want to create their own versions of these items, as buying them would cost you a substantial amount of money. The smallest Chanel crochet items - a bag, for example - cost at least $5,000, and of course could get up to much higher prices as well...

A rare appearance on the Chanel runway - Crochet dress in the 2010 spring collection

Starting at $5,000 - Chanel Crochet Bag

No Sesso
Here is a newer, less known brand, which I believe is on many people's "look out for" list. No Sesso (Italian for no gender) is a Los Angeles-based label started in 2015 by fashion designer Pierre Davis. The company focuses on empowering people of all colors, shapes, and identities. It has recently stolen the spotlight on various occasions with collections that feature a wide range of prints, fabrics, reconstructed materials, knit- and crochet-wear and most notably, their signature hand embroidery.
No Sesso's enchantingly peculiar clothes are unisex, unsized and tough to place within conventional garment classifications. The items resist the idea that there’s a right way or person to wear them. Almost all of the brand’s models are people of color and some are gender non-conforming or transgender.
The label is still young, and the collections showed on runways are still few, but there are crochet and knitwear items to be found in all of them. Yes, it could be only one or two in the whole collection, but those are worth mentioning because they are so different than the crochet we are used to seeing on runways and fashion spreads.

tough to place within conventional garment classifications - No sesso 2020 collection

Unconventional designs - No Sesso crocheted bridal gown

Valentino is an Italian luxury fashion house founded in 1960 by Valentino Garavani. Under the label's umbrella you can find a Couture collection as well as ready-to-wear, accessories, eyewear and fragrances divisions.
Crochet items aren't exactly common in any of the collections, however, the brand is responsible for one of the latest wonders in the crochet world. It happens every few years - a big fashion house comes with some crochet item which becomes a big hit over night. It is normally some kind of accessory like a hat or a bag, which is then massively redesigned, reproduced, duplicated and recreated by crocheters world wide. For Valentino - that item are their crochet sneakers, introduced in their 2021 spring-summer collection.
The sneakers, available in 4 different colors, are handmade out of fabric ribbon with a rubber sole. Each pair takes about 10 hours to make and is subjected to very strict quality control tests. If you'd like to get your hand on an original pair, you'll have to part with $980 for the men's version and $960 for the women's one.
If you're interested in watching a short video about the making process of these unique sneakers, you can find it here.

Each pair is made by hand - Valentino crochet sneakers

There's also a women's version - Valentino crochet sneakers

Lou de Bètoly
Established in 2017 by French designer Odély Teboul, this brand's design are described as “aristocratic punk”. Teboul originally studied fashion design in Paris before taking up her first job as a designer at Jean Paul Gaultier. After moving to Berlin, she started designing under her own name and quickly rose to fame.
The young designer says, every piece she makes has at least one detail that is completely hand made, and crochet in particular has become one of her signature techniques. By sending colorful crochet dresses, bralets, and skirts down the catwalk, and styling them with metallic high heels and mesh undergarments, she aims to redefine the medium for the modern era.

Aristocratic punk - Lou de Bètoly fall 2019 collection

Gucci was founded in 1921 by Guccio Gucci in Florence, Tuscany. Today, it is one of the world’s most desirable luxury fashion houses. Its product lines include handbags, ready-to-wear, footwear, accessories, makeup, fragrances, and home decoration.
Although knitwear is very common in the brand's collections, crochet only ever makes rare appearances. Gucci seems to only feature crochet in its collections when it is hot in trend, which, as we all know, only happens once every few years. When crochet is included in the ready-to-wear collection, it is done with an abundance of chic and style, and very often steals the show.
You are most likely to find the brands crochet items within the accessories collection - bags, shoes and hats would be the best bet. The prices for crochet items in the accessory department start around $450 and can go up to thousands of dollars.

Your best bet is the accessory department - Gucci Crochet Platform Espadrilles 

An abundance of chic and style - Gucci crochet dress and cape - Spring-Summer 2016

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