My Little Pony has been having a major moment in fashion, recently appearing in London’s Fyodor Golan collection and getting designer makeovers from names like Balmain and Versace. Who better to keep the momentum going than Lindsay Degen, whose knitwear innovations have been riding a wave of sparkles and rainbows since the founding of her eponymous brand in February 2012? More often than not, Degen’s appeal has lied in its squeal-eliciting cuteness; an ode to My Little Pony merely elevates the sentiment to the next level. According to Degen, the collection was a tribute to friendship “through melt-your-face-off psychedelic happiness.”
Presented against an oversized rainbow with giant cutout daisies sprouting from the floor, standout pieces showing the versatility of Degen’s hand-knitting included laced-edge maroon shorts with a lightning bolt pattern, a confetti-cake colored short-sleeved sweater speckled with pink-and-white candies and an assymetrical mesh tank reading, “Dash,” the name of the rainbow-tailed character at the heart of the My Little Pony series. Colorful socks were paired with platform Tevas by stylist Amy Cakes Danky Dank, while vinyl pieces such as an irridescent ruffled skirt by Elena Kanagy-Loux introduced a shiny contrast to Degen’s ever-cozy artisan creations.
With the host of creative collaborators supporting Degen’s charmed vision, it’s no coincidence the collection is titled, “Friendship Is Magic.” Moving to New York from Ohio with no connections in the fashion industry, RISD-educated Degen has funded her brand through a combination of happy accidents and relationships built from the ground up. In addition to this season’s collaboration with Hasbro and Teva, the designer’s pieces utilize the handiwork of her friendly “knitter squad”—a far cry from the faceless manufacturing armies that form the basis of almost every other brand. In 2015, that’s enough of a “melt-your-face-off” reason to smile.