American Craftsmanship

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Proenza Schouler, AW11.

There have been times in the past where a theme of hand crafts running through the collections can be a little too dowdy and kitsch. This time around at the New York Autumn/Winter 2011 shows, the American craftsmanship coming through is focused and comes in sophisticated colour combinations.

Some of the looks seem to have stemmed from the colour blocking ideas of recent times but has morphed into an obsession with patchwork and a new confidence in throwing unexpected textile combinations together. It has also resulted in some amazing knitwear and textile patterns that seem to fall somewhere between pixels and tiny quilting squares.

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Proenza Schouler, AW11.

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Rodarte, AW11.

Catwalk images from Vogue.co.uk – ProenzaSchoeler and Rodarte.

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