Just when we though the designer musical chairs had finally settled down, yet another fashion house has parted ways with its design director. Pringle of Scotland's spring 2013 menswear show in June will be Alistair Carr's final collection for the label, which shows in London. WWD says the decision was "mutual" and "amicable."
Carr's only been with Pringle for about a year following Claire Waight Keller's departure to Chloé. He seemed interested in shaking things up a bit at the heritage knitwear-focused label, taking the clothes in lighter, more modern direction. About a year ago, he told WWD, “I plan to go through the archives in Scotland, and I think it’s important to respect Pringle’s heritage, but I don’t want to ‘do’ a heritage line.”
Based on the changes the company is planning, design doesn't sound like a high priority. Jean Fang, Pringle’s CEO revealed plans to eschew runway shows in favor of small presentations. The company also plans to open smaller retail stores and "emphasize core product, such as luxury cashmere and wool separates with a modern edge," according to WWD.
While Pringle has never been the flashiest or trendiest label, we've always been partial to the smart, refined-yet-directional feel. Whether the label can maintain that kind of appeal without a design director, or will continue buzzy collaborations with people like Tilda Swinton and 10 magazine editor Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou, remains to be seen.
Also unknown: where Carr is going. But, with a Central Saint Martin's degree and experience at Balenciaga, Marni, Cacharel and Chloé, we think he'll be okay.