Scots fashion label Pringle celebrates 200 years

Models take to the catwalk for Pringle's autumn/winter collection at London Fashion Week. Picture: PA

Models take to the catwalk for Pringle's autumn/winter collection at London Fashion Week. Picture: PA

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THE quintessentially Scottish fashion label Pringle of Scotland marked its 200th anniversary yesterday with a smokily stylish show at London Fashion Week and a sashay into its past.

Its catwalk show paraded its fashion forward side with a collection of elegant women’s designs for its autumn/winter ­collection.

Pringle used the event to open its Fully Fashioned exhibition, tracing its heritage back to its founding by Robert Pringle as a manufacturer of hosiery and underwear in 1815.

Long-trailing scarves and slender knee-length knitted gilets and coats with long sleeves were recurring themes for the show, with a nod to its signature argyle diamond pattern, in a collection that was dominated by low-key, wintery palette of whites, blacks and dark reds.

Among those attending the stylish event at the Serpentine Gallery, in the heart of the city, was Scottish model Stella Tennant and Hobbit actor Luke Evans.

The Fully Fashioned exhibition takes in the full scope of the label’s two centuries but keeps one foot firmly in the present, featuring archival pieces, alongside a new campaign shot by Scottish fashion photographer Albert Watson, responsible for more than 200 Vogue covers.

The new Pringle campaign stars prominent Scottish figures such as Tennant, actor Luke Treadaway and artist David ­Shrigley.

It will also see the debut of a collaborative video performance with dancers from the Michael Clark Company later this week. Following its London opening last night, it will return to Scotland, where it will be installed at the National Museum of Scotland from 10 April to 16 August.

Earlier in the evening, original punk fashion icon Dame Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label collection had displayed a hint of Highland romance with her trademark plaid fabrics scattered throughout it, but also showed some rebel-chic with camouflage patterns scattered among designs and silhouettes that harked back the late 80s.

Controversial as ever, the designer, who had publicly backed a Yes vote during the independence referendum, also used the launch of her new collection to urge Britons to vote for the Green Party.

The 73-year-old declared that “there is no point in voting for the others vote Green”, ahead of her catwalk show and is reportedly donating £300,000 to the Green Party ahead of this year’s general election.

The Pringle of Scotland show was the starting gun for other big name Scottish designers, with Glasgow-born Jonathan Saunders unveiling his latest collection for Topshop later in the evening.

Saunders, known for his work with prints and using traditional silk screen techniques, has seen his creations worn by stars such as Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Michelle Obama.

Today the international fashion star Scot Christopher Kane will launch his autumn-winter range, having wowed audiences last year when he unveiled his first collection of bags and accessories. Held twice a year, London Fashion Week is one of the “Big Four” fashion weeks, along with New York, Paris and Milan. Organised by the British Fashion Council the event is a major source of trade for the UK fashion industry.

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