09/25/2012 10:41 EDT | Updated 11/25/2012 05:12 EST

Knitwear gets a funky makeover in Paris Fashion Week

PARIS - Officially no longer just for grannies, knitwear has finally been made cool.

The youthful facelift is courtesy of Le Moine Tricote, which produced a funky spring-summer 2013 show presented informally in central Paris.

Armed with two 12mm (half inch) needles, a ball of wool, and no rules— designer Alice Lemoine set about this collection with no idea what clothes she would make.

"It's like automatic writing. I just let the needles lead and I make all sorts of different shapes and panels," Lemoine said backstage, wearing a wooly cardigan. "I then just fuse it together; not exactly patchwork, but the same process."

The result? An architectural — and highly huggable — display of some 14 soft, open knit looks — set off with creative spirals, polygons and geometric shapes.

Lemoine, an alumnus of Rick Owens, has a gentle touch: She gives freedom to the natural weight of wool — producing some sumptuous effects, like one plunging grey and camel column dress.

Lest we forget it's summer, it's all served up with a refreshing palette of sky blue, navy, pearl beige purple and white.

Splashes of delicate, tightly knitted silk alongside breezy organza undergarments and the occasional peplum was a new addition this season, adding a variation to her usual formula.

Lemoine is proof that you can keep it simple and still pull it off.


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