For day two at Vogue Knitting LIVE, fashion was the focus as the magazine expo reached back to its roots to exhibit the latest trends both of the season and of the craft of knitting. The Red Lacquer Room was the home to six fashion shows, beginning with the Vogue Knitting Magazine show.
Pieces from the Vogue Knitting Mazagine fashion show were displayed throughout the third and fourth floor of the Palmer House Hilton during the rest of Vogue Knitting LIVE, but they were taken from the mannequins and worn by models on the runway for the fashion show. The pieces were from the holiday issue of Vogue Knitting, the most recent issue in circulation.
The next show was Koigu Wool designs, with their color combinations and mitered squares taking on a mosaic-painted effect in each garment. The lights of the runway showed off how brightly the colors are against each other, and showed the detail in both stitch definition and finishing. The 24 pieces shown in the show were predominantly knitted, and Three Bags Full in Northbrook stocked Koigu yarns at their booth in the Marketplace in anticipation of the fashion show.
During the Fiber Factor from Skacel Collection show, the finalists of the reality knitwear-design competition were named and the show highlighted the designs from competitors. After lunch, Malabrigo pieces were shown by models from both Book 4 and Book 5, in addition to their new collection. Zealana rounded out the middle sessions with designs from their RIMU and AIR pattern books in addition to pieces that have been showcased in Vogue Knitting magazine.
The last show of the day was the Nicky and Mary On Top of the World show, featuring the 52 designs by Nicky Epstein as knitted by Mary Turner, a fan of Epsteins who knitted every design in Knitting On Top of the World. The first ten pieces shown in the fashion showcase were auctioned off to audience members with the proceeds benefiting Gilda's Club Twin Cities. In one moment, Turner's entrelac sweater was on the auction block when an audience member asked if Epstein would be willing to part with hers, as it was in a different colorway than Turner's. Epstein said she would part with hers for $100, and the two pieces together raised over $240 for the charity. Turner had tears in her eyes when Epstein hugged her after the auction for the two entrelac pieces were closed.
In addition to refining knitting skills, Saturday was a day for knitters to tweak their fashion sense as well, with six fashion shows from six different sectors of the knitting world represented in the Red Lacquer Room. Pattern books for all released patterns represented in the show are available in the Marketplace at Vogue Knitting LIVE.
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