On the runways at Fashion Month, many designers are shouting ‘Nothing but Net!’
Ropes, knots and netting are getting the major fashion treatment from New York to Paris. After all, the lowly Fisherman’s net bag, or Market Bag, while cute, is too pedestrian to last, so designers are elevating the net concept in new ways.
In Milan, Giorgio Armani updated the net bags with leather, both in the expected neutral net color (net neutrality?) and a light blue that took it off the beach and into the fashion realm. Some also had clear inserts, to keep items from falling out. (After all, beyond that pesky beach sand, does anyone really want anything falling out of their bag?).
In Paris, Altuzarra didn’t just update the macrame knotted bag with shells (another hot trend), but put a clever espadrille bottom on it for structure and durability. Kudos to the stylist who actually put items (books!) inside the bag to show viewers how it actually translates in real life. Empty bags might look nice with their negative space, but that’s a runway/website/store-only option.
Shoes, also from Altuzarra, are getting the mesh net treatment as well, mixing hosiery-like fishnet with snakeskin and solid leather.
The netting is extending to read-to-wear and accessories too, with creative coverups made for both on the beach and off. At New York Fashion Week, Area adorned models with both leather and rope coverups.
Netting can also be layered, as seen in London at Ports 1961. There, a black tighter crochet net poncho was layered over a white wider net overlay, which was already laid over a black crochet weave dress. The result? Lots of interesting texture and dimension.
And if knotted rope is just too bohemian or earthy, there’s also Paco Rabanne, who showed its signature metal mesh overlay on the Paris runway.
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