As the colder months approach, refined knitwear pieces that can transition into our wardrobes are most certainly on our minds. The components that serve in creating knitwear pieces that truly stand the test of time embrace elegance in fabric selection, chunky but not grandiose, and of course comfortably chic sans shabby.

Rising star is the fashion circuit, and proficient master of knitwear construction is Paula Cheng, a New York based designer, and a graduate of the inaugural class of the Fashion Design and Society MFA program at Parsons the New School for Design. She specialized in research-based designs, deconstructive knitwear, and elaborate free form draping. Her bright talents were shinning ever so bright, and most certainly did not go unnoticed as she was the winner of the coveted Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty competition, and a finalist of the Feel the Yarn Competition in Florence Italy.

Paula has showcased her previous collections at exhibitions worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Benjamin House in London, and Honda Hair Show during Tokyo Fashion Week. Paula’s latest spring/summer 2013 collection The Beast Within highlights the young designers astonishing growth, and her progressive and conceptual drive for change and transformation. Her aesthetic is cosmopolitan mixed with a slight edge, and plays in stark and stinging palettes that form and drape to the female silhouette in an unrivalled manner. This promising designer is forging through, and creating immense splashes throughout the industry. Immerse yourself in Paula’s enigmatic and delightful knitwear world, and discover innovations and concepts that will truly reinvent your idea of dressing for winter.

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Story by Sarah Harris