SARAH Lund is back – and apparently she's got a new jumper.
Fans of gritty crime drama The Killing will be familiar with the lead character’s sage choice in knitwear, her trademark navy and cream Faroe Island snowflake number as ubiquitous on screen as the bleak Danish landscapes.
Why do we care what a fictional TV detective is wearing? Well, just as Columbo immortalised the Mac and Sherlock Holmes the deerstalker, Lund is being credited with making the humble sweater achingly hip. The fashion pack has already been stepping out in this winter’s most coveted item – television presenter and designer muse Alexa Chung teaming her own chunky knit with leather trousers (bet that’s cosy).
Now this is sweet music to my ears. Not exactly blessed with a cutting-edge fashion sense, I own, as it happens, a natty collection of jumpers. In the past they would have been considered at best quirky, at worst, heinous eyesores. Now I can open my wardrobe and parade my dubious taste in knitwear without shame or fear of retribution.
When choosing a jumper the rules are simple: old-fashioned, square-shaped, woolly and if it has a kooky (read hideous) pattern, all the better. Fair Isle, Aran, stag prints, embroidered dogs and prancing unicorn motifs are all acceptable – the frumpier the better.
Word from the wise, don’t overdo your repertoire. The US version of The Killing – in which the lead character is Seattle-based Linden rather than Copenhagen’s Lund – saw our heroine sport a hefty assortment of knitwear, but the garments lacked the sparkle and zing of the Danish version, a bit like the actor had done a bulk buy in Primark in her lunch hour.
As for Lund, her portfolio of jumpers is reputed to have been expanded for series two to include a terracotta red, diamond-patterned style. I’ve already started badgering my mum to knit me one. I’ll lend it to you if you like.
TV feature: pages 60-61
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