EXCLUSIVE: Pringle of Scotland Womenswear A/W12

DJ Pandora's Jukebox premieres the soundtrack to Alistair Carr's modern Pringle vision

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Alistair Carr is a man with experience of designing in a number of different contexts. Graduating from Central Saint Martins' MA course in 2003, he initially set up his own label, which he showed in London for three seasons, before moving to Italy to further hone his skill for Marni. He subsequently lent his hand to Cacharel, Chloé and Balenciaga, before taking the reins at Pringle of Scotland, in 2011.

Set the task of updating the aesthetic for today's audience, Carr brought in digitised versions of the classic intarsia alongside vibrant colours and new patterns and shapes

Last season was his first offering for the brand and he aptly looked back at their knitwear history for inspiration. Set the task of updating the aesthetic for today's audience, Carr brought in digitised versions of the classic intarsia alongside vibrant colours and new patterns and shapes.

His initial ideas and concepts for the label are still in place but seem even further refined. The sense of modernity still there but rather than it seeming a little like a clash between the old and the new, this collection marries the history of the label with the desires of a modern woman. Carr has a contemporary guiding hand that very much respects the story of Pringle.

To the Yasmina Dexter–mixed soundtrack, models sported looks with a pure feel, layers brought in, cut away and contrasting sections built up, as skirts were gently pleated or slashed through the thigh. Colours were kept simple, monochromatic elements opening, followed by deeper hues, browns and reds, a lightness and the occasional pop of colour. Alongside classic knit pieces, the addition of chiffons and silk added subtle poetry and luxury – which box-cut camelhair and a bomber-coat in textured leather reitterated.

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