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popular in the late 1950s. "It's an inspiration that is very dear to me because my mother used to dress like this—in pencil skirts and slim pants and chic sweaters." He reproduced the full look, complete with hand-knit intarsia ski sweaters and ladylike pointelles like the pretty pink cape featured here.

Despite his success, Pierrot confesses that he still has a lot to learn about his craft. "I'm not very technical or innovative. I just use a lot of imagination," says the designer, who learns from other knitters as well as from his own mistakes. "At this point in my career, I really want to experiment with knitting and see what else it can do," he adds. "But I'm humble enough to know that I will never know everything."

Today this self-described city hoy commutes to Manhattan from his country house near Kingston, New York, where he likes to relax and entertain. "I still love shopping in the city," he says, "but here I am far removed from being a designer. And I love that, too." c—

Following a successful runway show during New York's Fall 2005 Fashion Week, Pierrot launched a line of women's clothing for the QVC Network called "Voila by Pierrot." He continues to create exclusive knits for stores in Paris and his hometown of Lyon, France, and is currently at work on his next collection.

P'errot credits the fabulously feminine styles his nr>other once wore as inspiration for the strict-but-sexy shapes he sent down the fall catwalk—including the lacy pink cape shown here, first featured in the Fall 2004 issue.

by Donna Gould

Inventive. Romantic. Fanciful. And just a little offbeat. Two of the hottest designers around talk about their love affair with knitting—and the style they call their own.

MARTIN STOREY

Martin Storey believes in luck. In fact, he attributes every stage of his successful career to it. "It was only through chance that I discovered I could actually study fashion at university," says the designer, who is quickly redefining the image of Jaeger Handknits.

Raised on a farm in Yorkshire, England, Storey learned to knit in grade school. He was expected to assume responsibility tor running the farm, but his keen interest in knitting prevailed. His father encouraged him to follow his dream—Storey's first stroke of luck.

He studied fashion design at Middlesex University in the early 1980s, a heady time on the London fashion scene. A decision to include a few hand knits in his final student collection rekindled his interest in the craft. But Storey-claims it was once again "pure chance" that led him to his first job, at a design studio called Artworks, where his inventive creations were a big hit. 1 le worked with owners Jane and Patrick Gottelier for fifteen years, doing everything from making patterns to inventing new stitches—a challenge he enjoys to this day.

Storey considers designing for Jaeger 1 landknits a fantastic opportunity. "Jaeger is part of Rowan Yarns, and for the first time in my life I enjoy the luxury of having yarns made to my specifications," says the designer, who has the enviable task of creating pieces that showcase the

Martin Storey's l-cord fringed pullover appeared in the Winter 2002 issue.

yarns introduced each season. In addition to adding a bit of panache to Jaegers traditional English look, he is infusing the classics with color and wit—his trademark "English eccentricity"—to appeal to the younger customer. "Right now, hand knitting is riding the crest of a wave, and we need to tempt customers with new ideas."

His design for VK [below] is a case in point. "I'm always trying to find new ways to introduce texture into knitting, whether its with stitches or embellishments like sequins, beading, even coins," Storey says. 4tThis season I'm using luxurious yarns as trims on simple garments." His cowl-neck pullover, knit in Rowan's lustrous "Mohair Art," is trimmed with fanciful l-cord fringe. "The I-cord method creates a thick

three-dimensional fringe that goes off in all directions when it's knit into the ctiffs and hem. It's quirky and tun to wear."

He travels often tor work, but these days Storey is content to stick close to his London home, enjoying life's simple pleasures—gardening, swimming, visiting museums and galleries. He has no desire to return to the family farm, confessing, "I'd rather go to the seaside and enjoy the peace and tranquillity. With a little luck, maybe it will happen."

JAMES COVIELLO I

Though James Coviello's name is probably familiar to you, you could know it from any number of places. Since he began designing in 1987, he has created hats bearing his own label as well as those of designers ranging from Geoffrey Beene to Todd Oldham. I le has designed knit dresses under the name Coviello & Erickson. And today he creates knitwear collections for Anna Sui and produces his own apparel collection—complete with hats.

His love affair with knitting began soon after he graduated from the Parsons School of Design in New York and launched his hat collection. UI wanted to make some

This James Coviello design was featured in the Winter 2002 issue.

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