show always requires a certain suspension of disbelief. It wasn't irony—not by a long shot—that Sibling's Cozette McCreery called the Fall show "a love letter in knit from us to all workingmen." Not even when it included drop-crotch sweatpants in hot-pink leopard print. Sibling (comprised of McCreery and partners Joe Bates and Sid Bryan) are too generous to stint themselves for the sake of a theme. You'd never mistake their Fall collection for anything but a Sibling production, but it nevertheless was
visibly and palpably inspired by workingmen, the sort photographed by John Bulmer in his pioneering book The North
in the 1960s. There were hardy bits throughout, like patched-up denims, which a man of the mine would need. With them were the kind of homespun heirlooms his devoted wife would be painstakingly making by hand at home, like the crocheted afghans many of the models held.
The Sibling sincerity—occasionally obscured by East End fabulosity that drives the designers to ring Arran knits with Muppet-y fluff—reminded you that their hand-knits are no less hard-wrought or deeply felt than any coal-smeared missus'. Hell, maybe more
. Even if the crochet round these parts comes not just in a blanket but also in a short-shorts suit. And if that crochet should snag, just patch it, as the Sibs did here, with bright-green fur.