Pringle of Scotland is the iconic brand founded in 1815 at the birthplace of the Scottish knitwear industry.
From the beginning technical innovation has led to the creation of knitwear as outerwear, the signature argyle pattern and classic twinset.
The Pringle of Scotland Spring / Summer 2015 runway collection explores the themes of lightness, liquidity, reflection, luminosity and transparency, knitwear and woven fabrics.
These are blended to reflect these qualities and at times, used with varying embroidery techniques to create texture throughout. John Everett Millais’ “Ophelia” and Pablo Picasso’s “The Bathers” provide two contrasting reference points for Head Designer, Massimo Nicosia.
The Pringle of Scotland heritage is never far from view – this season the collection takes a look back to the very inception of the brand as an underwear manufacturer almost 200 years ago with the inclusion of sleek, simple raw silk vests and base layers.
The signature argyle pattern is also reinterpreted and used to develop the themes of light and reflections. Transparent, diamond cut sequins are embroidered on to dresses and super sheer, fine knit jumpers to create light reflecting angular prisms.
Translated to reflect the classic knitted pattern, 3D printing is now being used as a fabric in its own right as opposed to a textural application as in previous seasons. Chain mail structures are interconnected with knitted panels to add a modern twist to the classic hand knit.
A simple t-shirt or sweater dress is transformed by mimicking a classic knitted mock stitch through a smock embroidery on silk chiffon to give an ultra light spongy texture.
Transparent knits are layered with chunky stitches to create the illusion of emerging from water through fabric, further exploring the prominent theme of liquidity, luminosity and reflection that is so clear throughout the collection.
The collections colour palette is crisp, clear and light; cool aquas, frosty blues and ice whites are offset by deep navy blues.