In a world where fast-fashion brands can crank out thousands of identical garments in a matter of days, it's no wonder that things with a more handmade, homespun feel are starting to seem more precious. A few seasons back, it was quilting. For Spring 2020, the trend continued to evolve, and this season another handmade fiber art ruled the catwalk: crochet.
Much like knitting, crocheting is a process of creating a fabric by interlocking strands of yarn until they form a textile. And while the craft might have had a reputation in the past for being the arena of grannies or textile nerds, the version presented on the runway this season injected a bit more sex appeal.
At Altuzarra and Giambattista Valli, crochet took the form of skin-baring crops and bra tops, while Stella McCartney opted to create lace-like crochet dresses with plunging necklines. At Kate Spade New York, long crochet dresses in bright colors were paired with button-up shirts for a playful but still grown-up look. Meanwhile, Marni styled artful pieces with loosely-crocheted yarns over slinky silk to create a unique juxtaposition of textures.
Take a look at how all these brands and more interpreted crochet for their Spring 2020 collections below.