We Like — Close-knit

Sandra Backlund has received a lot of critical praise and attention for her sculptural knitwear that results in highly sculptural silhouettes – you may remember her black and grey creation worn by Tilda Swinton and shot by Craig McDean for Another Magazine last year – that combine a certain sexy femininity with the more outlandish directions of 1960’s experimentation; think vintage Paco Rabanne in wool…

Sandra Backlund SS10 Photo: Peter Gehrke

Sandra Backlund SS10 Photo: Peter Gehrke

Although the Swedish designer has already produced some ten collections to date, her SS10 collection is actually the first one to go into proper production. Hitherto, Backlund has only been able to produce the complex garments that rely heavily on traditional handcrafted knitwear techniques on a made-to-order basis. But last year saw her closing a deal for producing the collection through an Italian manufacturer specializing in luxury knitwear, which is good news for the admiring consumer.

The SS10 collection still sees her focusing on a pretty neutral palette and, of course, the architectural use of fabric to produce extreme and dramatic shapes is still there. At times,pieces in this collection seem to have been inspired by nature; a top reminiscent of coral or a basque that reminds one of insect exoskeletons.  But, there is also something more traditionally feminine and sexy about the current, more widely available collection. It’s there in both the striking bodices and the slinky little dresses.

Sandra Backlund SS10 Photo: Peter Gehrke

Sandra Backlund SS10 Photo: Peter Gehrke