The latest chapter in Pringle’s knitwear innovation took us back to the future, cherry-picking archive pieces and iconic prints, then updating them for a digital generation with graphic flourishes and revolutionised yarns. Flooded with light from the arched windows and high ceilings of Bloomsbury House, the AW14 collection was a meeting of the old and the young: identical polo-necks and trousers cut boyishly short gave an impression of youth, while velvety-smooth jackets in dashing checks put a mature slant on proceedings.
Contemporary cellophane yarn was interwoven with Scottish cashmere, creating a hybrid, perforated knit. Classic motifs were given a high tech makeover: the computerised argyle diamond appeared across 3D and flat knit finishes, while a digitised thistle recalled an original argyle intarsia floral detail. Stunning heritage replicas spoke for themselves: the black, white and toffee cable-knit golf jumper was a typical look from Pringle’s rich back-catalogue. Shades of charcoal, navy, black and ivory were spliced with deep, wine-tinted hues of burgundy and blackcurrant, giving everything a wintery opulence.
Words: Mary-Jane Wiltsher
Photography: Annalaura MasciavÃ¨