Pringle of Scotland FW2015 Menswear Collection interpreting the signature codes of the brand by featuring the argyle and tartan patterns as well as Scottish cashmere hand knits and traditional Prince of Wales checks. The evolution of knitwear as outerwear is seen throughout the collection. Exploring the brand's heritage and inspired by Nicosia's grand tour of Europe: the final destination being Scotland.
The colour palette consists of black, petrol blues, s;ate, black plum and mocha, punctuated with offerings of Earl Grey to off white, which are used throughout, highlighting the use of digital printing and modernising the first Pringle of Scotland textile prints of the 1960's through pixelation.
Elements of Edinburgh's Prestonfield House are brought to life with Birdseye jacquard jackets, inspired by its tapestries and interiors. Embossed quilted effects can be seen in cashmere silk jumpers and biker jackets, while the traditional overcoat has graphic heat sealed leather details. Exaggerated knits add depth and texture that is highlighted through the use of sheen against opaque, adding contrast. An iconic tartan coat is exclusively woven in the birthplace of Pringle of Scotland, Hawick.
Technical boundaries evolving 3D printing are pushed further through cashmere hand interlacing. This is seen on sweaters with front paneled 3D printing. A weaved chunky handknit features interlacing, while additional knitwear techniques are used.
The women collection inspiration comes from the brand's birthplace with stunning images capturing the raw nature of the isle of Skye. The work produced by Albert Watson are references using colour and organic textures throughout the collection. Nicosa integrally knits beads that would traditionally have been embroidered to mirror the landscape, particularly the mineral grain and rock.
Elements of flora and fauna reflected throughout using a fil coupe with thistle motif, while a raised wavy jacquard is used to give multiple layers creating a leaf stitch. Prestonfield House Flemish tapestry fades into a floral motif inspired by Gibbon's woodcarving; this translate through raised macrame and embossed leather.
Textured fur almost resembles a silk moire bark while other pieces are ordained with carved mink argyle, once again giving a nod to tradition.
Technical boundaries are being pushed with 3D printing on complete garments, reinventing traditional techniques by cutting a skirt on the bias and embroidering 3D chain mail with cashmere yarn. Heat formed knitwear is moulded to achieve memory formed shape and around silhouettes.