Pringle Apparel + Pringle Sweater = Red Label“Pringle of scotland launches its menswear red label autumn/winter 2006 collection – clare waight keller’s first collection as the company’s new creative director. Waight keller took her inspiration for the collection from the late 60’s movement and the style of dressing adopted by the emerging beat generation of artists, poets, writers and film-makers in london and paris.

Their look was epitomised by wearing sweaters and skinny jeans teamed with a slim macintosh which has inspired the spirit and feel of the collection. Key pieces and styles include an over-dyed wool checked jacket, a detachable cord jacket within a coat and a beautifully soft-washed leather bomber. Outerwear also includes a coated cotton double-breasted trench coat and a felted wool parka jacket. Jersey cotton printed t-shirts denote motifs reminiscent of french art house posters from the period. Trousers have a slimmer silhouette: harris tweeds, moleskins, chinos and herringbone carpenter-style pants are worn with brushed cotton check and plaid style shirts with breast pockets. Red label’s silhouette is clean and sharp.

Knitwear is clare waight keller’s passion and remains at the heart of pringle of scotland. This classic collection of tanks, v-necks, zip cardigans and polo necks is available in garment-dyed merino, fine geelong lambs wool and shetland isle knits all in an extensive colour spectrum of neutrals, blues, greens and berry hues.

Additional styles which make a subtle statement include hand-knit tartans, contrasting stripe polos, breton jumpers, chunky cable cardigans and two-tone waffle knits. Prints include a gradually disap¬pearing pringle raker, archive argyle patterns which are overlaid with stripes in tonal shades of brown, plus monochrome snowflake jacquard ski jumpers in the softest lambs wool – slightly felted for a loftier feel.

The wearable colour palette divides into three main groups. The first sees fresh sea and glass green, deep aqua and french navy. Next are warm, neutral shades of chocolate brown, coffee, cream, ember, pear and pale dusk. The final group mixes richer accents of pink, jupiter and mauve to create an effort¬lessly stylish collection of modern separates that blend beautifully together.”