I like the way Pringle is evolving. The diamond patterned sweaters so loved on the golf links are like a bad dream now. Thanks to designer Claire Waight Keller, the new Pringle way more Tilda Swinton than Tiger Woods. Think high tech knitwear and 21st century tweeds in place of plus fours at the tee off.
The pre-collection earlier this year gave us a taste of what was to come for winter 2011, the season when a house that specializes in knits and outerwear comes into its own. Waight Keller is creating a handwriting that specialises in taking traditional fabrics and methods: textured tweeds, aran hand knits and fair isle weaves and turning them into something that looks convincingly modern.
The designer manages to keep a hand made quality but spin folksy craft into something Bond Street worthy. My favourites were the knit dresses and skirts that looked like long fringed scarves hand been wrapped around the body. Tunics with horizontal bands of wool and tweed over slim flared trousers, a leather dress with fair isle motif laser cut into it, fringed blanket poncho wraps and slim coats tailored in tweed that was rugged enough to sum up a Scottish landscape were among the highlights of a show that is becoming one of the hot tickets of London Fashion Week.
- Paula Reed