Hollywood, CA -- The crochet craze, which began quietly in 2011 when Marie Clair Magazine published a few colorful crochet offerings from Musotica.com, has exploded onto the Hollywood fashion scene and shows no signs of cooling off this summer, according to top celebrity stylist and fashion designer Sarah Wallner.
“Crochet has caught on among celebrities, models and really any who wants to add sizzle and style to their look,” said Wallner, founder of Musotica, a ‘go to’ website for crochet swimsuits, bikinis, dresses, tops, and cover ups. “For example, Candace Smith (actress, producer, comedian and model) is currently featured in Mandatory.com and Sports Illustrated ‘Extra Mustard’ wearing our latest crochet swimwear.”
For Smith, who appeared in last year’s hit cop thriller “End of Watch,” and will soon be seen in the highly anticipated independent release "Gimme Shelter,” crochet fashions are a celebration of color, texture, flexibility, self-expression and pure fun.
“I love crochet, and specifically the Musotica line for a number of reasons,” said Smith, who also appeared in the top rated TV show, “Entourage.” “Their offerings are not only sexy, but they are also unique and add sophistication to swimwear like I have never seen before. Whether I’m at the beach or in a photo spread, the first comment I get is about the crochet swimwear and wear I got it… and that speaks volumes!”
Smith, who was a practicing attorney before being crowned Miss Ohio USA and ultimately entering show business, believes that crochet designs & fashions give women a much needed break form work-a-day clothes, and make any outing feel like a vacation – even if it’s just window shopping at the mall.
“When you’re wearing Mustica.com crochet selections, you feel like you are wearing a one-of-a kind suit made just for you – and that you have been transported to somewhere exotic and glamorous. This is no doubt why they are so special,” she added.
Wallner, who started designing her own crochet collection because she couldn’t find what she wanted for her celebrity client styling assignments, believes the sustainability of crochet has everything to do with form finally catching up to function.
“At last, women can wear a crochet bikini at the beach or pool and actually swim in them without having to worry about wardrobe malfunctions,” she laughed. “They are easy-to-care-for and feature new fabrics and vibrant colors designed for active lifestyles – from swimsuits to cute crochet tops ideal for a casual Saturday afternoon lunch.”
Wallner also believes that women are attracted to crochet fashion because of the limitless possibilities.
According to Wallner, her classically inspired crochet swimsuits come in a huge array of colors, styles – almost all with strategically flattering cutouts. “Today’s hand-made, intricate detail and ease of care has made our crochet lineup among our top sellers.”
Wallner’s collection is made of a cotton, nylon blend, and can be ordered in a growing number of colors, including black, white, off white, mustard yellow, yellow, coral, brown, baby blue, baby pink, and purple.