Truth be told, knitwear has never really succeeded in getting me hot under the collar. Present in designers’ collections in the form of a v-neck jumper here, a chunky scarf there, wool seems often to be relegated to use in a bland group of garments and nothing more. Enter Am Golhar. A Textiles grad from Central Saint Martins, she’s rapidly challenging knit-related preconceptions as part of her sartorial overhaul – basically, she’s to menswear what Tim Ryan is to women’s.
While browsing through all on offer at Stitch, Golhar’s innovative take on knitwear quite literally stopped me in my tracks. Enthused as she is talented, Golhar explained to me her vision and probably wondered why I was so vigorously nodding my head – all in agreement, of course.
Having honed her craft at JW Anderson (working on the knitwear for his AW09 show), Golhar sought to challenge men’s knitwear conventions with the following want-inducing results.
^ One of the few, but highly covetable, leather pieces in Golhar’s AW10 collection.
^ Leather pants with a lattice effect which looked a little baggy in the lookbook but would make a perfect accompaniment to the robust knits if cut a little more slimline (left). Loved the offbeat nature of this insect pattern (right).
^ SS11 lookbooks.
^ The highlights of the SS11 collection. Golhar creates the illusion of lace with these brightly hued lightweight Summer knits.