Pringle of Scotland
June 20, 2010 Milan
That blue coat also had—like Doctor Doolittle's Pushmi-Pullyu—two ends, each with a collar and sleeves. One could be buttoned up inside the other, creating a billowy, doubling effect. Or, unbuttoned, it trailed on the ground behind the wearer like a train, or could be knotted up around the waist. More art object than garment? Maybe. You certainly wouldn't want to be grappling with it in a public bathroom. But it was a visually effective statement of Waight Keller's desire to transform the most traditional everyday clothes. The same kind of alchemy saw gingham shirting cut into strips and knitted into a cardigan, which she showed over (what else?) a gingham shirt. It was even more extreme when cotton shirting was shredded and knitted into cable in the same piece—again, an effect that's hard to convey in words. Waight Keller's transformations were easier to understand when it was a simple case of laying netting made from indigo yarn over Pringle's signature argyle, or garment-dying a pair of leather pants into an almost denimlike blue. A handful of crisp cotton drill pieces, meanwhile, were eminently wearable. And with only 16 looks on display, you were left wanting more.