Trendspotting: Crochet

Crochet is a fabric that’s contradictory of sorts. It has the uncanny ability to look right at home at Granny’s House, perched atop the “Chesterfield” (shawl) and yet remarkably right at home at House of Lancaster, moonlighting as a fishing net to catch dollar bills atop Gina’s ass (crochet bikini, natch). While both uses are functional in those two parallel universes, finding a functional and fashionable concept for crochet for the average gal has been tricky- until now. Keeping in tune with the explosion of trendy knitwear of recent years (Rodarte and Mark Fast, anyone?) and as seen recently on countless Spring runways and all over the shops, crochet has emerged as the stitch of choice for Summer 2010. 

The Look

Chanel, Spring 2010: Crochet

Alberta Ferretti, Spring 2010: Crochet

Kate Bosworth, Topshop, $110

The Look for Less:

Forever 21, $22.90

Free People, $135


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