In her first season on the official calendar of Paris fashion week, Alice Lemoîne pulled in a huge crowd to a tiny little space lined with her hand crochet pieces. Having attracted the eye of Michele Lamy while still in school, and consequently creating knits for Rick Owen’s collection, she has found her niche and a group of influential support around her small artisanal line. Staying focused on knitwear, the craft and the process are all important to Lemoîne. She makes every sample herself and then carefully oversees her production team whose hands bring each piece to life and onto the racks of some of the worlds most avant-garde boutiques.
The yarns have a life of their own in these pieces, looping into a network of circles and rows and angles. Mixing textures, the garments mimic surfaces found in nature. The colors reiterate the references to the earth, with an over all mineral effect, deceptively soft to the touch. The instinctive way Lemoîne works ties into these earthly roots, growing outwards in an almost mathematical precision reflecting the beauty of patterns in nature. This artisanal process singles out Alice Lemoîne’s work, and provides the most intimate opportunity to evolve and improve her craft. With all the cards in her favor, Lemoîne is a promising and refreshing addition to the Parisian scene.
- Lee Anderson, Parisian Correspondent
Designer website: www.lemoine-tricote.com