Pringle is not only one of the most renowned heritage fashion brands in the world, but it is also believed to be one of the first to have specialized in luxury knitwear as early as during the 19th century. Luckily, the designs showcased at the SS14 presentation did not show the brand’s old age. On the contrary, they demonstrated how a skillful designer can combine tradition and innovation.
As the head of design Massimo Nicosia has explained, the collection was inspired by Pringle’s iconic tartan, kilting and argyle pattern, whose references can be found throughout the whole collection in terms of details, fabrics and motifs. The tartan grid clearly appears on jackets, sweaters and trousers while the kilting inspiration is shown through the use of buckle fastenings, especially on shoes, and pleating.
The clever use of details as well as the reinterpretation of the brand’s staple elements allow the collection to embody tradition and modernity. At the same time, the combination of different fabrics and colours, with bright yellow, slate and black dramatizing the simple white and navy palette contributes to enhance the collection’s modern twist without over emphasizing it.
Pictures by Annachiara Biondi.