The Fall/Winter 2012 runway collections are full of inspiration for the crafty among us, and not just with knitting!  Some of the collections are positively bubbling over with “Grandma Glamour” inspiration; that is, things your grandmother might have worn or made. 

It’s not just about the Grandma aspect but more of a nod to traditional, comforting times when one took a good piece of clothing and lovingly personalized it with skills handed down from those who understood the connecting power of tradition.


At Dolce and Gabbana, the clothes and accessories were embroidered, beaded, needle-pointed, and cross-stitched in a colorful display of handmade finery.  Whether it was on sweaters, dresses, purses, or even stockings, hand-worked embellishment was the standout feature.

At Marc Jacobs, knitting and crochet found its place in outerwear.  Wraps, shrugs, and shells topped unusual silhouettes.  Chunky crochet stoles fastened with huge brooch pins and knee-high stockings (lace or embroidered) worn with dresses were a definite Granny touch.

While most of us don’t want to go around dressed like we need bifocals, I think that wearing a little touch of tradition can be pretty, comforting, and a fun vintage detail to add to your projects. Try our Anastasia Stockings, Rose Garden Jacket, or Diamond Lace Stole the next time you want to add a little something extra to an outfit, and honor Great Auntie with some tasteful adornment. You just might find your look copied on the runway!



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