How a trendy knitted dress can be life-changing

“I was 25 years old. That summer, I wore a white tight-fitting long dress made of fine knitwear. I went out into the street and the cars slowed down. Even minor accidents happened! ” – told my friend Ulyana.

Then Ulyana lived in Kamchatka, and one day in July, the director of a local fish factory, an adult and very respected person in the region, saw her defile on the sidewalk in a dress. In addition, as it turns out later, with a great sense of humor and beautiful fingers. I saw and disappeared. He threw a car across the road, creating a threat of a major accident, unremarkably ran after Ulyana down the street, waving his hands, reciting Shpalikov’s poems after her, and bought up all the roses in the assortment at a flower stand along the way.

Some time later, Ulyana gave birth to an impressionable director, a healthy and cheerful son, Nikita, and after a while, tired of waiting for the director to figure out his whole life, which he had managed to take before Ulyana, left with her son for Moscow. She began to bake pies to order, opened a small cafe, gave the clever Nikita to the gymnast. Well, the director of the fish factory was very homesick for them in his Kamchatka, often sent Ulyana touching awkward songs of his own composition and red caviar of a special ambassador in three-liter cans – and you know, never in my life have I tasted such delicious caviar. In the songs, the director, in the manner of Sergei Nikitin, recalled, among other things, how “a thin white dress drove me crazy.” Ulyana either laughed or cried when she listened to this, but did not change her mind.

And this summer, thin knitwear – a material that, as we know, can provoke strong feelings and even sometimes change destinies – is resolutely returning to the very edge of fashion.

Jacquemus propose to combine a thin knitted blue T-shirt with a voluminous jacket, which will make the neck and collarbones look even more fragile and defenseless. Isabelle Maran advises wearing a fuchsia knitted top, trimmed with lace, with hoop earrings and a thin scarf around the neck – I don’t know what can be more feminine.

Prada recommends chastely tucking a thin gray knitted blouse with a turn-down collar into a long skirt, but at the same time not wearing underwear under the blouse – which, in my opinion, is still quite a catwalk option; and Alberta Ferretti combine no less chaste knitted blouse, only beige, with a daring mini – and this contrast looks very impressive. Chloé has in its arsenal a gray knitted flowing ankle-length slip dress, while Altuzarra has a light bodycon dress with a mid-thigh slit – the same Ulyanin, absolutely irresistible style. If you decide to do this, please be prepared: poetry and roses are possible!

Сhloé spring-summer 2020

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Altuzarra spring-summer 2020

© Photo: Daniele Oberrauch /

Meanwhile, I am writing this text in April, when Prada factories sew not seductive T-shirts, but medical overalls and masks, LVMH produces not perfumes, but antiseptics, and the Kering conglomerate, Ralph Lauren, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce donate to the fight against the virus … I am writing and really hope that in June, when you read this material, all the worst will be left behind, summer terraces and theaters, museums and beauty salons will open in Moscow, and all of us will have where and why to dress. In the meantime, I try on my summer knitted T-shirts one by one and defile in the corridor of my own apartment.

“Why are you dressing up, mom, we’re not going anywhere?” – my sons ask me.

“The outfits cheer me up, and I dress up simply because I hope for the best,” I answer to the children.

And, taking this opportunity, I would like to ask you: anyway, let us please dress up together. And hope for the best together.


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