Thursday, 15 September 2011

AM Golhar AW11 Mens Knitwear Collection

Specialising in knitwear, Am Golhar gained her expertise of high quality yarns such as alpaca and cashmere from Central St. Martins where she achieved an honours degree in Textiles.

Here she decided to blend her love of creating art through textures with her passion for fashion and created her own menswear range.

When asked why she decided to design knitwear for men instead of women, Am replied:
“Everybody always asks why menswear” (ooops) “But then why do men design for women? I really love men’s knitwear, it’s so fun and exciting and I have so many ideas. It’s a challenge to always create a textured menswear fabric that does not look feminine. I’ve always fallen in to menswear throughout everything I did, if I was creating a swatch it always seemed so masculine, whether in the colours or textures.”

Knitwear is not only restricted to the tops but knitted cable joggers as well, not the usual pair of trousers a guy wears you might say, but Am is aiming for the guy who loves fashion and knitwear and does not mind being quirky.

The light silver grey panels of the fitted Blake polo jumper showcase the 3D effect of Am’s signature trellis technique perfectly.  Here worn with a pair of black Thomas cable knit joggers – one of Am’s original jogger designs.  She came up with the idea of knitted joggers when thinking of warm cable jumpers. She thought they would be playful and fun to wear whilst being warm and soft. The Thomas jogger is slouchy in the crotch area whilst fitted around the leg.

The Cameron is an oversized sloppy polo neck using a medium gauge lace hole technique resulting in what AM calls ‘the diamond lace hole effect’. Giving the illusion of layering, the main body is black with medium grey sleeves and cowl.  Teamed here with black and mid grey Blake stripe joggers in the signature 3D trellis technique.

Adding a touch of colour and plenty of boyish charm is the Bug jumper. This light grey jersey v neck has black rib and cuffs with a yellow bug print. Worn here with the black Thomas cable knit joggers.

If you’re not ready for so many bugs, then there is always the black Sam bug cotton joggers with just a few of those yellow bugs around the leg bottom. Team with the Codey draw string crew jumper in black with grey detailing using a cord technique.

For the more rugged look there is Lucas, here in taupe/ grey. This was originally a show piece with a military style influence and kitted out with major shoulder padding. To fit in with the rest of her AW11 collection, Am has redesigned it to become a more wearable slouchy polo. The polo neck has been layered by picking up stitches to create rolls whilst big hand knitted holes decorate the bottom of the jumper. Lucas is of an alpaca blend and hand knitted. The original was knitted by Am herself, but now they are sourced out to specialised hand knitters.

Here teamed with Ricco black leather jogging pants  with a subtle diamond embossed pattern.

More images can be seen on her website

By Karen Grace
Personal Shopper & Image Consultant for Frumpy to Funky

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