Pringle of Scotland
September 16, 2013 London
For Nicosia, yarns and fabrics are a "designer's ingredients," and for Spring, he has cooked up a sporty collection of bombers and tracksuit looks punctuated with a lot of mesh and racing stripes. Particularly impressive was an orange dress crafted from knitted silk with pointelle details and an almost imperceptible use of Pringle's signature argyle motif. On a sweatshirt, he placed a mesh overlay in a tiny argyle grid formation above an almost impossibly soft leather in an electrifying lapis lazuli color. The silk of an eggshell-colored trouser was intersected with micro beads. The Pringle powers that be demand a twin set, and there it was in that lapis again—the thing that set it apart was its softness, which must have required a lot of work in some mill.
True, not much revolutionary stuff happening here in design, but in fabric innovation? That's a resounding yes. On the subject of the brand's future, Nicosia could've talked all night—but wait, wasn't he already late for his shop opening party, with Tilda Swinton and Gemma Arterton waiting in the wings? "I am not really a party boy," he said. "I'd rather sit here and think about knitwear."