Knitwear is a perpetual star of the fall/winter season, but in recent years we’ve seen an explosion in the creativity and popularity of the category. From crochet sneakers to technical knits by the likes of Byborre and Stone Island and even the resurgence of the sweater vest, knitwear has provided the energy that all fall/winter fits need but one development has caught our eye lately. The rise of scenic sweaters.
Knitwear is an art. It’s never more plainly obvious than when fashion’s most talented weavers are creating actual landscape scenes with their threads. From Acne Studios to UNDERCOVER, the scenic sweaters trend straddles the full fashion spectrum, meaning that there’s a knitted landscape for everyone.
Shop our favorite scenic sweaters below.
Acne Studios celebrates its beautiful homeland with this scenic sweater. Blue skies set the scene for a proud Swedish flag flapping in the wind (we imagine).
Picture this: you’re watching sunrise and out of the corner of your eye you see a blue alien approaching holding a flower in one hand and his fingers spread in peace on the other. STORY mfg.’s New Friend Vest depicts this magical scene in sweater-vest form.
In keeping with the fantastical nature of STORY mfg.'s alien friend, this UNDERCOVER sweater features a fragmented castle floating away, overseen by what seems to be the queen of England. The stuff of nightmares.
While many of the selections in this roundup opt for bold depictions, this CLOSED cardigan looks to a muted palette and an abstract realization of a mountain scene.
When fall and winter set in, it can be hard to get your sunset fix from between the dark clouds. This JW Anderson knit features intarsia decoration depicting the calm oranges and yellow hues of a perfect sunset. A much-needed lift on a dark evening, perhaps.
It might not be a full sunset-drenched mountain scene, but this Jil Sander sweat looks to the smaller beauties instead. A photo taken by surrealist artist Florence Henri takes pride of place with a tasseled frame to finish it.
Charles Jeffrey Loverboy
It's reasonably difficult to make out any scenes here thanks to the inside-out look and accompanying loose threads. But, if you reverse this Charles Jeffrey Loverboy piece you'll see raining clouds and a crescent moon.
Somewhere, deep in the mountains, there's a tiny white dog standing at the end of a path with some half-eaten flowers at its feet. Transport yourself there with this STORY mfg. sweater.
Made in LA from Italian handspun cotton yarn, this Reese Cooper sweater is lightweight and super soft. It depicts an image of a helicopter dropping water onto a raging wildfire.
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