Pringle's latest collection, under the creative direction of Clare Waight Keller, looked towards their heritage pieces for inspiration. After a donation of garments from a house model from the label's past history inspired a project with Central St. Martins, Keller was inspired to take a lot of similar elements and update them, creating a younger and modern silhouette. Classic knits and short dresses were brought forwards by recreating them in bold fabrics with added detailing including accentuated collars and leather accents. Capes were key to the collection, as were heavy argyle and fair-isle knits, knee length dresses in tweeds and super slim cigarette pants.
Dazed Digital: There seems to be a strong heritage feel to this seasons collection. Where does that come from?
Clare Waight Keller: It originated in the Archive Project that I have been working on with Louise Wilson and her students at Central St. Martins College. It gave me the opportunity to see so many pieces from Pringle's history and I loved the idea of pulling all those different era's together. I want the collection to be seen almost as something that had been found in your grandmothers attic, but updated. The exciting thing for me was how to bring those pieces into a new story and silhouette.
DD: How did you go about updating the pieces?
Clare Waight Keller: I wanted it to be relevant to younger girls now, so I slimmed it all down. I also juxtaposed various old and new fabrics, leather with maxi tweeds and melton wool for instance. I also brought in panelling so things were a lot more graphic and adding in layers and cut away elements.
DD: What were the heritage fabrics that you brought forward from the archive?
Clare Waight Keller: Well the tweeds obviously but then also fair-isle knits and a lot of the colour palette came from older pieces.
DD: There was a lot of layering in the collection.
Clare Waight Keller: We loved the capes that we were looking at and got inspired by the way you can see a variety of different garments when you wear a cape. Also ideas came from updating a mens trench for the womenswear collection, and how that would fall and flow on a woman's body.
DD: You mentioned that you had taken a lot of the palette from the heritage pieces as well.
Clare Waight Keller: Yes the petrol blue and also the nudes we took from elements of the archive along with the oxblood and earth tones.
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