Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: A trip through Pringle’s archives with an emphasis on its styles from the 1950s and early 60s inspired Claire Waight Keller’s appealing collection for the venerable Scottish label. Boxy silhouettes that referenced the era were created with A-line skirts, hip-length tweed jackets and shift dresses, and cropped slim pants also called to mind mid-century styles. The designer updated the looks with luxurious fabrics and innovative design details; the over-skirts from S/S 11 returned, this time in cool weather fabrics including speckled tweed and thick wool, and fur accents and pavé sequins added sophistication and glamour. Knits, of course, are the label’s strongpoint, and this season’s styles were chunky, slightly shrunken and covered with cables and other dimensional patterns, and high collars knit from chunky yarns were attached to dresses and outerwear. The on-trend palette of earthy neutrals mixed with pinkish-orange and deep emerald green was another example of Waight Keller’s easy way of respecting Pringle’s heritage while still infusing it with newness.
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