Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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London: Clare Waight Keller presented Scotland’s own version of “heritage chic” in a fall collection filled with cozy Shetland plaids, countryside fabrics and kilt-like flourishes. Considering its 195-year-old history, Pringle’s knits are already synonymous with their Highland home, and the latest offering kept that legacy intact with plenty of snuggle-worthy wares. Sweaters were marked by oversized argyle patterns and plush cable knitted plaits that were mixed with delicate openwork. Gutsier knits were skillfully tailored into trend-right toggle coats and cocoon-shaped bombers. Keller reinterpreted the iconic kilt with pleated herringbone tiers, leather accents and zipper closures that opened to reveal a shearling lining; similar pleats appeared throughout on blouses and tunics. Slouchy pants presented a new direction for Pringle, cleverly using loose pockets to widen the hips into a relaxed, harem silhouette, while a shorts style was fashioned out of rich velvet. The references were plentiful but subtle, and in a mostly neutral palette with slices of chartreuse and rust, the collection looked more appropriate for a hip downtown outing than the Tartan Day Parade. If the front row presence of muse Tilda Swinton, Janet Jackson and Courtney Love was any indication, Pringle is more relevant and universally appealing than ever, enduring with its perfect balance of tradition and modernity.
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