As I sit here wrapped in my beautiful hand-knitted, ivory aran cardigan, I emphasise the almost.
Nevertheless, Craig Lawrence appears to come in at a very respectable second place. Cornering the niche for avant-garde knitwear design, Lawrence has been awarded the British Fashion Council's prestigious NEWGEN award, four seasons running and his exquisite creations have been resplendant across the pages of countless editorials, including the cover AnOther Magazine's recent issue showcasing the best of new British fashion talent and his CV boasts previous design experience with Gareth Pugh.
Arguably most importantly, The Lady wears his creations.
Working closely with the stylist Katie Shillingford, Lawrence's collections are exhibited in beautifully made films each season: http://www.craiglawrence.co.uk/pages/SS2011.html, and judging from this, 2011's Spring/Summer offerings look set to propell this British boy wonder into the big time. Lawrence's exquisite designs are showcased perfectly: draped over his models in the guise of etheral, other-worldly beings, all serene and languid by a deserted and hauntingly beautiful beach, againstly a darkly whimsical musical backdrop.
Here are a few shots form his September presentation at Somerset House during London Fashion Week, proving that his "knitted seascape" of dresses are just as impressive in the flesh (or Kyototex yarn, if we're getting specific) as they are in celluloid:
Lawrence's (as far as I can tell, recently neglected) blog is also well worth a peruse:http://www.chateaudegateau.com/