Pringle Menswear A/W 2009Pringle of Scotland collection – Menswear autumn/winter 2009

Pringle of Scotland’s autumn/winter 2009 menswear collection is inspired by the iconic street style of the 60s. Our British attitude has been brought into a modern context, giving Pringle’s code a contemporary hue with the use of iconic knitwear elements crossing over to wovens and jersey.

Tailoring remains slim and refined using an array of fabrics from flannel to jacquard silk, which provides a nice contrast between shine and matte effect, to herringbone, velvet, corduroy, and melton wool for more consistent and structured shapes. In contrast, jersey plays a more prominent role in the form of inserts in a biker jacket, as well as comprising a slim fit tailored jacket. This season’s knits also experiment with the playful and unexpected relationship with wovens and jersey. The use of leather, cashmere, and light jersey trim in unison bring the twinset into a masculine context, while the layering technique, agugliato, is used to renew the iconic argyle; the faded, water colour effect of the process enhances its texture and warm touch. As to be expected, the fabric mixes are the ultimate in luxury, from chunky hand knits of pure cashmere to 18-guage merino knits that are perfect for layering over the cotton battista shirts printed in 60s patterns exclusive to Pringle.

The refined tailoring of the outerwear range, from a luxurious shearling coat and edgy bomber to the more traditional peacoat and duffle coat, is complimented by soft knitted inserts. A taffetta nylon coat with cashmere collar has the additional detail of a knitted organic cashmere lining. This coat can be easily layered under a soft leather parka. The fashioning details associated with Pringle’s knitwear have also been applied to the wovens, giving the seams a twisted and modern effect.

For evening, a streamlined velvet dinner jacket is given a youthful injection with a wide lapel. Playing with unpredictable details but using iconic masculine elements, Pringle also experiments with a new casual take on the tuxedo shirt using ombre dye; it can stand on its own with tuxedo trousers or a pair of jeans. Regardless, the emphasis is still one of luxury and impeccable fit an array of colour provides an added dimension to the collection. Light vicuna, slate and flannel grey, dark zinc, and city white provide the tonal palette, while tank green, cognac, tobasco, and molasses provide richer accents.