Lauren Manoogian, purveyor of dramatic knitwear, magician of combining "gently manipulated textures, an integral language of detail and an understated yet discernible shape."
In today's edition of Things I Didn't Buy, I didn't buy this gorgeous Lauren Manoogian entrelac cropped pullover sweater. While I have not had the pleasure of encountering a LM garment in the wild, I admire many from afar on the internet. Many of her designs are a little WTF? to me, but an equal number are just jaw-dropping.
I'm a sucker for texture, and this sweater has it in spades. The beautiful knit looks like big ribbons of sweater have been woven together but it's all a special kind of knitting called entrelac. There's a long version of the pullover too that ups the drama even more, but it's this cropped one that feels more wearable to me.
Unlike past things I didn't buy, this sweater is something I can totally see getting a lot of wear in my closet. First of all, long sleeves. I tend to avoid a big chunky sweater if it's just got 3/4 sleeves; it sort of defeats the purpose of wearing a sweater to me. The sweaters I found myself adding to the rotation this winter were all thinner, more form-fitting cashmere knits. This chunky pullover is quite the departure from those and makes a much bigger statement. Throw this on over skinny jeans and vanquish all feelings of looking basic. Bonus: white will hide cat hair.
The reason I'm not buying this sweater despite its loveliness is because it's really pricey — $460. Everything else is a slam dunk for me. To be clear, I think it's completely worth it the price based on the thoughtful design, materials, and unique construction — but I just can't plop that kind of cash on a sweater right now. I'll be keeping my eye on it for sure though!
Have you ever tried Lauren Manoogian garments? What was your experience? Do her garments ever go on sale? I would love to hear your feedback.