Tim Ryan/Derek Lawlor
We met some of our favourite designers, including Clare Waight Keller of Pringle of Scotland and the Felder sisters, to talk Christmas and get a first glimpse at the fashionably festive stockings they made just for us...
Who? The self-taught, Irish-born knitwear designer is part of the new Brit knit-pack. Tim’s ethically produced ripped minidresses and fabulous neon fringing have been redefining contemporary knitwear.
Inspiration “I’ve gone for a mix of our trademark fringing and my favourite colour, pink – I always sneak it into our collection in some way! We have done so much fringing the last couple of seasons, so it was the one thing I simply had to incorporate. I didn’t want to use traditional Christmas colours, but I still wanted it to be bright.”
Best Christmas memory? “Lala, my little mongrel terrier was the best Christmas present ever. She was from the pound so it was a pretty good Christmas for her too I think.”
Who? Twin sisters Daniela and Annette have gained a star following for their sleek rock’n’roll aesthetic. Fans of their signature touch black leather and feminine shapes include Florence Welch, Rihanna and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Inspiration “We wanted to create something that captures the festive spirit of Christmas by using glittery embroidery,” says Daniela. “We stayed with similar elements to our spring/summer 2011 collection – so we used some ‘night sky’ embroidery and kept it wintry with the warm cosy fabric. It was important that there was some glitz in there too, to keep it glam and fun!”
Best Christmas memory? “When we were little kids, we always had to wait for hours (or at least that's how it felt) in our rooms while our parents were putting presents under the Christmas tree,” says Annette. “We were only allowed out of the room when our father rang his little bell. And then we ran in screaming with excitement towards our goodies!”
Pringle of Scotland
Who? Pringle’s creative director since 2005, Clare Waight Keller is credited with bringing the 195-year-old Brit brand into the 21 century via sleek cashmere dresses, cool leather kilts and shearling winter coats.
Inspiration “The look for our InStyle stocking is very much based on the traditional socks that are worn with kilts. We’ve gone for a fun Fair Isle take on the fabulous cashmere Welly socks we did this season.”
Best Christmas memory? “When I lived in New York, a friend took me to a fabulous Christmas drinks party on a vertiginous roof top terrace with amazing views overlooking the Chrysler Building and the Twin Towers.”
Who? The new knitwear kid on the block, Derek graduated with distinction from the prestigious Central Saint Martins in 2009. His structured, dramatic dresses have caught the attention of the international fash pack and for a/w 2010, he has designed a capsule collection for Finnish super brand Marimekko.
Inspiration “It’s quite a traditional Christmas stocking, but I’ve added a modern signature touch. I was originally going to do something totally different from my usual style – but then changed my mind and used the cordwork to make it recognizable as my own. I gave the stocking a folk-y look – I have a lot of Norwegian friends and growing up I’ve always spent Christmas with them – so I wanted to incorporate my own Christmas nostalgia by giving it a rather Scandinavian feel.”
Best Christmas memory? “I love getting out of London, going back to where I was born in Ireland and catching up with old friends in my favourite local pubs.”
By Marisa Bate