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Fashion Spy: Chris Kane and Pringle flying the fashion flag for Scotland

Christopher Kane played on his Scottish roots today with short sharp kilts featuring heavily in his Autumn Winter 2013 collection.

Pringle of Scotland
Pringle of Scotland

These were kilts with metal and patent buckles that swayed in tune to music from Love Triangle. The fashion pack (including Salma Hayek and Donatella Versace) were treated to broad shoulder jackets, ribbed cashmere (Scottish of course), silk camouflage separates and delicate embroidered dresses.

Feathers, fur and velvet added luxury to sharp tailoring and feminine shades of wine and midnight blue showcased the models’ slim shape.  Large paper-like appliquéd flowers covered sheer skirts that caught the light in the airy, rooftop show space of Cannon Place in central London.

Kane’s collection was larger than usual which may be due to his recent partnership with large luxury goods brand PPQ.  The collection became more dramatic towards the final chapter as MRI images of brains appeared on t-shirts anda static crystal fringed eveningwear series raised a smile from everyone on the frow.

Accessories included silver collared neckpieces and sturdy patent ankle boots while make-up was kept clean and hair flowing. Kane purposefully played with the audiences’ senses through his collection and show production and the result was a complete triumph.

Speaking of success, iconic knitwear brand Pringle of Scotland impressed guests with clean and structured pieces at their informal gallery presentation. The interactive presentation format allowed guests to touch the garments which allowed for close-up inspection of the luxury detail in each piece.

My highlights were a blue knitted dress with tubular piping and beaded detail, matching blue sheen pixelated print separates and a cosy white cardigan that had intricate lace detail around its cuffs. Clever use of knitwear in the pockets of tailored trousers and the introduction of feathers to knitted sweaters and dresses made traditional pieces special. Shoes for the collection were created in conjunction with Manolo Blahnik using Pringle fabrics.

As one of the oldest knitwear brands in Britain (established in 1815) Pringle has done well to continuously evolve and produce a modern take on knitwear whilst retaining elements of the brand’s signature argyle pattern. Both Christopher Kane and Pringle of Scotland are flying the flag for Scottish fashion and in doing so inspiring the next generation of design talent.

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