What's new: summer knitwear and athleisure


slide-3-image Bella Freud isn’t the only designer making cool jumpers with catchy slogans - and these  are a darn sight more affordable. New East London kid on the block HADES launched this February with Some Girls are Bigger than Others, a collection of knits in Scottish lambswool emblazoned with the names of cult musicians The Slits, The Smiths, Sonic Youth and Patti Smith. The question is: which one are you? £150 http://www.hades-shop.co.uk

Jumper, £150, Hades. www.hades-knitwear.co.uk

Athleisure is taking over our wardrobes. May I suggest SWETE (pronounced ‘sweat’), innovative leisurewear that aims to bridge the oft opposing worlds of luxury and ethics. Created by Aussie-born, Parsons NY-trained Emily Nam, the gear is inspired by street culture, people and art and is modelled this season by a woman who embodies all three: artist Phoebe Collings-James. All cotton is Australian-certified organic and fairly traded. Prices start at £45 for a t-shirt. http://theswete.com

Renaissance woman Phoebe Collings-James wears SWETE.

Bip Ling looks hot in SWETE.

I’m increasingly intrigued by J.WON, a London-based knitwear label with a wicked way in silk and cashmere. Basic (ie wearable) pieces are given bounce with pretty flourishes and sweet retro pop graphics. Take SS16, where striped knitted skater skirts and skirt-like shorts sit alongside slouchy trousers, and flared bra-tops in super-fresh reds, blues and whites. The theme this season: sweetshops. Cue ‘bonbonniere’ t-shirt captions. Irresistible. From £45 for a tee. www.j-won.com