2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the brand, and so head designer Massimo Nicosia wasn't shy to go big. The collection was presented in the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple which seemed to go hand in hand with the brand because of their shared richness in history. Pringle of Scotland is a brand with heritage at its heart, producing some of the finest knitwear that originated from Scotland. And it hasn't been easy to come this far; the brand was forced to cut back on many stores and franchises during the late 20th century, but it's planning to make a come back. Since it's move from old Hawick to now Asia third-party suppliers, the brand has firmly marked its name to high-end status and it's here to stay.
It couldn't feel more right to wear a turtleneck to this show. The brand made a tribute to its heritage of knitwear as outerwear, for example, the black coat with aran stitches that opened the collection. Warm colours like black plum and mocha were of key importance in this collection. Appearing in cashmere jumpers, biker jackets and, with the right amount of traditional Prince of Wales checks, it seemed like the perfect wardrobe for a weekend at Edinburgh's luxurious Prestonfield House - where Nicosia was inspired by the Flemish tapestry. The boundaries of 3D printing, a technique that isn't new to the brand, has been pushed further through cashmere hand interlacing in cashmere knits which have been upgraded with mink argyle panels. There's strong evidence of merging different inventions and techniques, which was exactly what Nicosia wanted as a follow-on from what Pringle did during the industrial revolution. And the result are these pixelated knits that need not be toyed around with photoshop.
To be continued… #tbc