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Knit Wit

For the fall, sweaters on the runway are a no-brainer. But what was different this season was the range of creativity designers brought to knitwear — both in how it was crafted and how it was styled. Balenciaga's Nicolas Ghesquiere took knitwear into the future, with a knit crewneck and skirt ensemble that had raised bumps laser-punched into the surface, bringing to mind bubble wrap. At Christian Dior, the collection's entire libertine equestrian inspiration was distilled into one fabulous cardigan coat, in creamy white cashmere laced with French blue grosgrain ribbon. Chanel's knitwear had a more rustic feel. Sweater coats were a patchwork of earth-toned fringes and yarns, while curve-hugging sweater dresses were spun from mohair shaded with Arctic blue. For evening, dresses came in a mélange of textured winter white knit, making the models resemble ice queens. At Louis Vuitton, a cable knit dress was layered over a 1950s fit-and-flare dress. Junya Watanabe also showed the layered look, using a knee-length ribbed sweater to rein in a crinoline skirt. And, building on the strength of the knitwear in Milan at Prada and Missoni, this could suggest that we are in for a return to sweater dressing. Too bad I threw out those sweater dresses all those years ago. Photo: Balenciaga's fall 2010 runway in Paris. MORE FASHION NEWS: Reviews from Milan Fashion Week Reviews from Paris Fashion Week Reviews from New York Fashion Week PHOTOS: Women's fall fashion trends from New York Fashion Week PHOTOS: Men's fall fashion trends from New York Fashion Week
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