Pringle of Scotland Spring 2012: Art Meets the Archive

Monday was a good day for both clothes and celeb spotting at the London shows. While London front row faves Irina Lazareanu and Harley Viera-Newton chatted at Pringle of Scotland, Tilda Swinton quietly and gracefully swanned in and took her seat. She's completely stunning, and rather unassuming in real life, posing for pictures then quietly sitting down. And tall! Pringle should have begged her to take to the runway for them. Speaking of the runway, you'll recall that Pringle has had some creative director upheaval. Clare Waight Keller went to Chloé early in the summer; this is Alistair Carr's first collection for the label. For his first outing, he mined the 1960s and the Pringle archive, specifically riffing on the twinset.
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Monday was a good day for both clothes and celeb spotting at the London shows. While London front row faves Irina Lazareanu and Harley Viera-Newton chatted at Pringle of Scotland, Tilda Swinton quietly and gracefully swanned in and took her seat. She's completely stunning, and rather unassuming in real life, posing for pictures then quietly sitting down. And tall! Pringle should have begged her to take to the runway for them. Speaking of the runway, you'll recall that Pringle has had some creative director upheaval. Clare Waight Keller went to Chloé early in the summer; this is Alistair Carr's first collection for the label. For his first outing, he mined the 1960s and the Pringle archive, specifically riffing on the twinset.
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Monday was a great day for both clothes and celebrity sightings at the London shows. While London front row faves Irina Lazareanu and Harley Viera-Newton chatted at Pringle of Scotland, Tilda Swinton quietly and gracefully swanned in and took her seat. She's completely stunning, and rather unassuming in real life, posing for pictures then sitting down without much fanfare. Oh, and tall! We wish Pringle had begged her to walk the runway for them (pretty please can we make this happen!?).

Speaking of the runway, you'll recall that Pringle has had some creative director upheaval. Clare Waight Keller went to Chloé early in the summer, making this Alistair Carr's first collection for the label. Fittingly, for his inaugural show Carr looked to the past, mining the 1960s and the Pringle archive, specifically riffing on the twinset.

The opening looks featured geometric linear patterns on a background of grey. More structured pieces looked crisp and smart, and we loved a neon lapel jacket. A tiny chevron knit and larger inter-connected chain pattern gave symmetry to the collection. A series of shirts and dresses were made to look like a cardigan had been thrown on top and buttoned slightly askew--a successful and quirky take on the twinset.

Pringle collaborated with UK artist Liam Gillick to develop a collection of bags, accessories, and knitwear which will launch at a Miami pop-up shop in December and tour worldwide afterwards. We got a sneak peak at the collaborative print via a tote bag--a primary-colored deconstructed plaid.

Gillick also created a special art installation for Pringle's front row benches: When the fashion elite went to sit, they found random text from his not-yet-published book on construction printed on the seats. We didn't quite get it--But we totally got the collection. Easy, crisp, and with lots of tailored pieces to go along with the iconic Pringle knits, spring at Pringle is an easy season.

**All photos by Imaxtree