DALLAS, Apr 27, 2009 / FW/ — With Vogue France saying that knits are bag, knitwear aficionados are saying, it never left the center of fashion to begin with, KRELwear fans agree. Knitwear is stronger and as highly desirable and covetable as ever.
Based in Miami, KRELwear is the brainchild of Paris-born and Miami-raised performance artist Karelle Levy. A graduate of textile design at Rhode Island School of Design, Levy launched KRELwear in 2004 as a “wearable” garment label and also as a “costumes” for her conceptual live performances.
Known for its “toobular” knit design, KRELwear’s design philosophy of creating form flattering silhouettes in unconventional shapes and draping as a driving factor, the label continues to seek a unique hand-knit aesthetic season after season.
Incorporating avant-garde structuring and innovative fibers for an edgy mix of custom-knit tanks, sweaters, dresses, and tunics, KRELwear makes use of organic deconstruction and one-of-a-kind textiles while pushing the envelope in finding that perfectly wearable, functional and most of all stylish knitwear.
For Fall/Winter 2009, KRELwear experiments with graphical stripes in classic black and white played against lush gold and red metallics. Executed in an assortment of yarn and texture combinations, KRELwear incorporates fibers ranging from glittery acrylic yarns to eco-friendly cotton and bamboo.
Standout pieces include a dolman-sleeved tunic dress in onyx with transparent metallic mesh bodice, a graphic black-and-white striped tube skirt with matching tubular head wrap and arm warmers, and a charcoal batwing poncho. KRELwear retails between $150-$230USD.
Since its inception, KRELwear has gained massive attention from publications including The New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, Miami Modern Luxury, 944 Magazine, The Miami Herald, Beautiful/Decay and Metro Pop.
KRELwear was recently featured on the cover of Ocean Drive Magazine and named Sweetest Thing of the Year by Daily Candy. KRELwear is carried in over 40 boutiques in the US and abroad, including Fred Segal’s Emphatic in California.