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Knitwear designers Annalisa Dunn and Dorothee Hagemann filled the London runway with a collection boasting graphic color blocks and bold stripes.

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COOPERATIVE DESIGNS: Knitwear designers Annalisa Dunn and Dorothee Hagemann filled the London runway with a collection filled with graphic color blocks, bold stripes and a patchwork of contrasting textures and weaves that was inspired by the iconic Italian furniture design group Memphis. And they’ll soon be transferring their talents to New York. For spring, they’ll be doing a capsule collection for Henri Bendel as part of the store’s guest designer initiative. Henri Bendel New York Limited Edition Spring 2009 by Cooperative Designs will feature dresses and cardigans in both skinny and oversize shapes in primary colors, stripes and intarsia. “They won our hearts immediately,” Ann Watson, vice president, fashion director at Henri Bendel, said of the duo, who met at Central Saint Martin’s. Dunn and Hagemann, who still hand-knit some of their designs, say much of their inspiration comes from the art world. “Annalisa convinced me to work with her during the Gilbert and George show at Tate Modern,” said Hagemann. “How could I say no?”
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