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Beyond the Bale : December 2012
December 2012 BEYOND THE BALE 13 OFF-FARM DESIGNER QUOTES The international designers joined the AWI and Vogue project to celebrate the excellence and fashion-inspiration of Merino wool. They unveiled their own visions and styles through iconic wool pieces, both men and women, and a series of personal, amazing quotes about the fibre that appeared in Vogue publications. "Wool has always been an important material in my collection, as it all started with the grey wool suit." Thom Browne "Wool: raw, sophisticated and warm." Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci "Knitwear has always been a fundamental part of our collections. We used it for maxi pull overs and cardigans, as well as for the little v-neck sweaters. We created woven scarves and the woollen union suits once used by the shepherds and farms in Sicily. We love touching wool, feeling it on our skin, seeing it worn by men and women alike." Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana "Multifaceted and multipurpose: combed, trimmed, raw, super light for the summer, enveloping and comfortable against the winter cold. Wool, a noble and versatile fabric, hard-wearing and natural, lends itself to the most different interpretations of modern aesthetics. The Ferragamo collections play with wool's extraordinary adaptability while reaffirming the brand's passion for natural fabrics, giving it, during each season, a different soul: in oversized volumes or slim fits, hand knitted or high tech, with sculptural effects or a boho-chic flavor. It is revealed constantly as a perfect fiber for every occasion and use, the exceptional interpreter of the contemporary spirit." Massimiliano Giornetti for Salvatore Ferragamo "I work with wool as I work with my creations: I like to find solutions, to speak with my team about how we can innovate with this natural and traditional material. We experience new cuts, new design, new prints. And above all new ideas." Alber Elbaz for Lanvin "I love the many personalities of wool, sheer, jersey, pinstripe, twill, blanketed in tartan. There are endless expressions." Donna Karan "I consider myself lucky because I have inherited from my parents, Rosita and Ottavio, an exclusive and specific way of designing knitwear. When I became creative director in 1997, I was determined to try out maximum expansions and extreme contractions with iconic patterns, but also to make knitwear that is increasingly lighter, transparent, with a barely- there feel like tulle, or extremely stiff supported, just like felt. I doubled it with fabric, interwove it with leather, suede or fur, contributing to make it increasingly versatile. Sophisticated, sensual and comfortable like a second skin. A star in today's fashion world." Angela Missoni for Missoni "Outerwear and fabric manipulation gave me the opportunity to expand on the richness of wool, such as laminating tweed and the concept of shrink wrapping knits to give a surreal, high-gloss effect." Alexander Wang "Wool is a fall essential and this season it is really what builds the mystery because it is all about oversized coats with narrow silhouettes. Wool is very practical, but it can also be glamorous." Diane Von Furstenberg