Oct 16, 2018 | By Nigel Taylor
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Pringle of Scotland transported their show from Milan to London in honor of the 25th anniversary of fashion week. Building on the knits the company is founded upon, designer Clare Waight put a fresh spin on the homespun art form, constructing a line befitting of their thoroughly-modern muse, actress Tilda Swinton. The color palette of muted neutrals with pops of yellow was inspired by a short film artist Ryan McGinley shot of Swinton, Pringle dress fluttering behind her, as she runs through a tranquil Scottish landscape. For the collection, Waight exhibited a skillful ability to transform sweaters into light and airy confections. Openwork cabled cardigans and asymmetrical crochet dresses took on a deconstructed quality that could have turned out a bit rock-and-roll, but under the designer’s sophisticated eye, looked more appropriate for afternoon tea. Dropped-needle knits created a micro-pleated effect, while pointelles gave the illusion of lace. A semi-sheer copper metallic woven tee added an edge that blended well with the soft palette. The ubiquitous trench coat looked new with convertible features like detachable Elizabethan ruff-style collars, layered sleeves, and lightweight, flyaway bodies that made the classic outerwear appropriate for both the Milanese heat and the London fog.
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