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Cashmere gets a luxe twist as brands create niche collections

Designers are raising the bar for luxury cashmere. Barrie, one of Scotland’s most highly regarded and historic cashmere manufacturers makes pieces for iconic houses such as Chanel, Hermès, Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent, while also creating beautifully designed knits under its own label. For S/S 2017 Barrie’s collection is all about playful colors and prints, showcasing pieces that are sporty and fun. Lightweight sweater dresses, shorts and tanks are offered in easy-to-wear geometric stripes, and cardigans–cropped, hip-length, and floor-length–are accentuated with rows of soft-knit tassels in rainbow hues.

Similarly, Belgian knitwear label Tuinch focuses on structure and creating architectural pieces that are both innovative and timeless. Tuinch uses cashmere from Kashmir and Tibet to create chic knits. This season, the collection has high-waisted, form-fitting cashmere bell bottoms, a floor-length sweater dress with an open back and slim silhouette, a chunky, boxy turtleneck with exaggerated, roomy sleeves, and a gorgeously theatrical boat neck pullover with asymmetrical detailing at the cuffs–one encircled with rings of fabric, the other a dramatic bell sleeve.

Knitwear designer Sally LaPointe creates modern garments highlighted with sumptuous and unexpected details. A tailored cropped turtleneck and trousers combo shimmers with rhinestone motifs at the collar and ankles, while sporty, loose-fitting hoodies in neutral blacks and grays are dressed up with fur detailing on the shoulders and sleeves.