Pringle of Scotland Menswear A/W12

Alistair Carr's second menswear collection played with a subtle colour palette alongside more masculine detailing and heavy knit pieces

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For his second Pringle menswear collection, Alistair Carr continued the Scottish brand's knitwear focus but also dropped a few new interesting design concepts into the mix. Using a subtle colour palette, suits and coats - at least initially - came out in camel and beige tones, but soon a tougher more leather based look appeared through biker jackets and red leather trousers. Carr continued to balance the knit pieces (lovely heavy knits, often v-neck and body-hugging) with a very modern Pringle aesthetic; double-breasted jackets, heavily decorated workwear boots and rain coats in hi-tec fabrics.

Actually, all in all, Pringle's Autumn Winter collection felt very British with its nylon duffel coats, turtleneck and tartan knits, herringbone suits and front pleated trousers, making it a perfect fit for cold and wet island weather. For that wee bit of needed Milan glam, the models walked on a sea of glitter, an installation inspired by Pringle collaborator Liam Gillick.

Dazed Digital: What was the red thread running through the collection? 
Alistair Carr:
I wanted a clear luxury palette, a cleaner idea compared to last season. The idea was to create a whole wardrobe. It feels very British thanks to the cherry red!

DD: There were a few shiny elements, especially in the knits...
Alistair Carr:
Yes we got the sheen in the fabric through using reflective yarn, caging it with nylon threads.

DD: The boots were great, what's the story?
Alistair Carr: They are classic workwear boots, Chelsea style. We wanted a tougher element in the collection and these boots are very manly, we even added lots of nuts and bolts on them. They sole is actually made in the same factory that Doc Martens used to manufacture their boots in. 

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