there is something magical about krelwear. deliciously knit fabrics are coupled with a laissez-faire attitude about how you ultimately wear the pieces. a simple tube of knitted cotton/lurex can be worn as skirt, a top, or even a belt. the designer and performance artist behind the concept is karelle levy. i met karelle at a "quickie couture" party at oxygene in miami. karelle goes on tour around the world with a small entourage creating hand knit pieces for women, men and even kids right on the spot. voila, KREL-2-GO. next stop for KREL-2-G0... art basel! the scope art show in basel, switzerland. krelwear will be performing its magic there from june 8, 2009 to june 14, 2009. if any of you are going to art basel, make sure you PM me so i can pass your info to krelwear. anyway, i took home an adorable krelwear black knit mini skirt which was hand quickie coutured by karelle at the oxygene party and an invite to visit the krelwear studio. here's the 411 on my interview with karelle: chauss: what is the significance of the logo of krelwear? karelle: The logo is an actual image. It was photographed in 1998 and used ever since then as the logo. I made the dress and graduated in it in 1997 at Rhode Island School of Design. So it's really the beginning of the beginning. (i had the pleasure of seeing the actual logo dress hanging in the krelwear studio.) chauss: what type of material do you use to create your designs? karelle: I'm Miami's knitter. I love to combine yarns to create interesting textures that wouldn't be typical in knitwear. I make a lot of really sexy classy pieces that are versatile. So going from day to night is really easy with pieces from my collection. chauss: ok, it's monday night, where are you? karelle: Monday nights I host Stitchin Boozin Bitches, a night at the Standard Hotel Miami Beach. Its the best relaxed, creative, and productive evening event in Miami. 8- midnight. We knit, crochet, and booze and bitch... but mainly we stitch. There are games for those who don't want to knit.... and you can always bitch about something... so its something for everyone at a reasonable hour and in a great venue! chauss: who or what is your inspiration? karelle: My mom is my inspiration. I lost her when I was 16 and she was a fashionista and textile artist. I believe I'm completely a combination of the two done in my own way. Then of course there are those designers I love to watch... Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake, Missoni, Preen, John Galliano, and Karl Lagerfeld. I'm really into theatrical shows. McQueen and Galliano are the tops. chauss: fall 09? karelle: here are some photos to preview the upcoming fall 09 collection...and first time MEN's collection! pix are courtesy of krelwear.