At Pringle, No Age in Heritage

Published February 23, 2012

“There’s such a scope for doing new exciting things,” said Alistair Carr of his post as creative director at Pringle of Scotland. The designer, who formerly worked under Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga, just completed his fourth women’s collection for the heritage house. And he has arrived at an impressive balance of cool and classic.
 
For fall, Carr blended the house’s signature sweaters, which appeared in optical illusion prints and fuzzy basket weave bubblegum and ice-blue cashmere, with geometric paneled trousers, box-pleat skirts and a-symmetrical two-toned dresses with waves of color.
 
The outerwear, however, was the star of the collection. Traditional overcoats in camel and navy popped with pink or light blue fur collars, which matched the models’ dip-dyed hair. “I wanted a slight clash of colors. I wanted it to be kind of jarring,” explained Carr.
 
Furthering his balance of the old Pringle and the new, the Carr collaborated with Chrissie Morris on his block-heel shoes, and Hussam el Odeh on what he describes as “shoe jewelry.” “This girl I knew at school used to make random things out of everyday objects, so we had the idea of taking the most everyday object, a baking tin, and crushing it around the heel. But we made it in silver. So it’s super luxury.” Carr adds that, “it’s beautiful to reminisce. But this collection is about looking forward. We can never just do heritage.” Looking at his fall girl who, in her clean-cut knits and leather bomber jackets is at once rebellious and refined, Carr is pushing the house in the right direction. And we can’t wait to see his next step.