Capitol Couture has released a new still of Finnick Odair! It seems Finnick is standing in front of the Reaping Balls on Reaping Day. The image was accompanied by a short article about Finnick’s Knitted sweater. You can see the image in our gallery HERE and read the article at Capitol Couture or below!
The fisherman knit sweater from District Four.
by Monica Corcoran Harel
Nothing speaks to clan heritage like a fisherman knit sweater. Typically passed down through generations, these rugged pieces date back to islands off the west coast of Ireland. Finnick Odair’s own Aran cardigan—comprised of over 100,000 artful stitches—is a sartorial relic from his father, who fished District 4 back when sea bass and cod were bountiful. Rumor has it the debonair Victor sees his sweater as a talisman representative of his family’s Celtic strength and pride.
Clearly, fashion designers are inspired by Odair for fall. The runways teemed with these traditional knits—seen at Kenzo, Alexander Wang and Theysken’s Theory. Marc Jacobs paired a roomy silhouette in a deep heather brown cashmere with a mink stole. Think Edie Beale meets Ernest Hemingway. The Olsen sisters of the The Row opted for a slouchy neckline and long sleeves that seemed to elongate their stoic model. They also added winter white pants, which lent a ladylike elegance to this salty staple.
But it was Ralph Lauren’s sophisticated take on the look that made my pulse jump. The designer fitted the sweater slim in the bodice and sleeves and added an architectural shoulder. It’s tough and ladylike – perfect for the witty Capitol hostess serving crab cakes and lobster rolls at a District 4-themed formal dinner party. Pairing it with a long, ruffled skirt and a Greek fisherman’s cap—a favorite chapeau of mine—heightened the juxtaposition of grit and glamour.
Since this sweater has such classic heritage, it’s fun to complement the look with a thoroughly modern accent. Odair’s stylist smartly updated his sweater with square, silver buttons. Think about pairing this knit with black leather leggings or a purple houndstooth pencil skirt. One of my favorite ways to wear a fisherman knit sweater is to invest in an extra large style and wear it as a cocoon dress—a la Balenciaga—with a pair of weathered motorcycle boots or short suede booties with a stacked heel.
Look for more Victor-inspired looks in our new series devoted to fashion from the Districts. Next up? Step and repeat patterns from the runway, directly influenced by District 8 and its textile industry.