As a fashion editor one of the things that came to fascinate me most was the development of new fabrics. In the main this was because I don’t think you can write about the fashion industry in any kind of compelling or authoritative manner unless you understand both the construction and the component parts of clothing, but also because my dear friend Brig, who has featured on this blog for years now, is a fabric director and her passion for her field is infectious. I’ve learnt a huge amount from her.
So when Pringle of Scotland showed AW14 back in February, their collection caught my eye, not just because I thought it good, but because the collection saw their designer Massimo Nicosia collaborate with the architect and material scientist, Richard Beckett to design a series of 3D printed fabrics using innovative new technologies for the first time in a ready to wear collection.
A series of fabrics have been digitally designed and made up of over 1000 individual 3D printed geometries that interweave together to create bespoke three dimensional materials. These materials are then seamlessly integrated into the collection using traditional knitwear techniques. Most importantly the collection hasn’t been subordinated to the fabrics: each one has been designed and engineered to exhibit the required movement, behaviour and aesthetic in order to work on the body in a cohesive manner.
I went into the new Pringle of Scotland store on Mount Street to see the AW14 collection in person, and then we shot some of the pieces in around my flat in Camden, North London, to show how this innovative and beautiful collection can mesh seamlessly into a modern working wardrobe.
Navy wool jacket with 3D printed geometries arriving later this month at www.pringlescotland.com
Inspired by softly structured car coats, this single-breasted multi stitch detail coat (available now) is cut with relaxed dropped shoulders and a punched wool skirt. A knitted collar and oversize pockets at the front complete the piece. The teal wool V neck sweater dress is available for pre-order.
This pre-fall wool degrade coat (available now) is a single-breasted design inspired by feminine swing coats. Crafted in a technical wool for warmth, it features a tonal degrade jacquard, and an off-centre closure with leather snap buttons, oversized vent pockets and a double back vent
This textured cream jacket and diamond pattern sweater with appliqued 3d geometries is arriving instore later this month.
This post is a collaboration between Pringle of Scotland and Sasha Wilkins of LibertyLondonGirl.com.
All photographs by Remy Millar. Styled by Sasha. (Hair and make up by Sasha too!)
Mustard rain heels by Bally
Brown alligator handbag – my grandmother’s
Black sunglasses by Sunday Somewhere
Navy blue polka dot satin shirt by Boden
Blue jeans by Zara
Nude cat eye sunglasses by Osprey London
Wide leg denim trousers by GAP (seasons old)
Black open toe lattice heels by Nicholas Kirkwood
Black leather stretch jean cut trousers by J Brand