Pringle of Scotland, the fashion brand founded by Robert Pringle in 1815, has recently unveiled its Pre-Fall 2013 womenswear collection in New York. The range of knitwear relies on the process of layering garments, fabrics and colours to create pleasing, clean and structured silhouettes.
There is a geometric feel to the collection with the use of panelling and layering to bisect looks and create stepped waistlines and hems. Panelling is incorporated across dresses, shirts and jackets such as a merino rib with tiered panels, a fitted colour block day dress in cashmere silk, a flowing rayon pleat dress featuring a lace knit effect, and jackets draped with matching scarves or wrapped as belts. Woven skirts and jackets feature knitted panels in a contrast of colour and texture overlaid to sit at different heights to graphic effect. This geometric theme is continued with the brand’s signature twinsets that are colour blocked in navy, storm blue and black, and peony, dusty pink and taupe combinations. A duck egg blue cashmere coat is styled underneath a shorter matching jacket, taking the traditional twinset into the realm of outerwear.
The spirit of juxtaposition is central to the collection: smooth rubberised leather is bonded with the contrasting texture of felted wool, whilst a knitted dress pairs soft merino with smooth leather panels. The use of contrasting colour and bonded fabrics mean that the interior of garments become as much a feature as the exterior: a reversible jacket combines black with dusky pink and skirts and trousers in the same fabric boast contrasting colour belts and turn ups in a luxurious take on utility. In addition, the brand’s traditional argyle pattern is explored through a diamond knit, and texturally through a merino and silk argyle in teal and burgundy hues, as well as across cashmere silk graphic sweaters.
Photographs courtesy of Pringle of Scotland