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Model Abbey Lee Kershaw leads the models at Pringle SS'12

The undoubted kings of cashmere and knit, Pringle of Scotland, unveiled a contemporary collection for Spring Summer using graphic archive and vintage prints.

The two hundred year-old brand has recently welcomed a new head designer, Alistair Carr, who ventured back into the label’s history to look forward for SS’12.

Carr joined in March after a stint at Balenciaga and you can see utterances of his previous work for the Spanish brand in his Pringle collection. The beautiful textured Sixties knit lace dresses had sleek black leather sleeves which created the perfect juxtaposition of tough and feminine. Balenciaga for me – is all about softness with edge.

The look

Alistair Carr’s statement of intent began with his use of models, the ethereal Abbey Lee Kershaw opened up the show. She was wearing a luxe knit of which the background colour was grey, to breathe life into this classic piece the designer brightened it up with multicoloured geometric squares around the neckline.

Links and chains were the print du jour, seen on tops, dresses and granddad cardigans; and in an array of colours from black, bronze and a brilliant turquoise.

The pièce de résistance had to be the nonchalantly flirty, split back dresses and tops. Little buttons were done up at the nape of the neck, then the material curved down models backs revealing a flash of flesh. This look is guaranteed to bring us all out of hibernation next spring. I think we’ll see it cropping up on celebs (Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss and Kate Winslet) and on the High Street – our backs have never looked so good.

The people

If you can name them, they were there. Editors Anna Dello Russo in a super sexy green sequin mini, Eilidh MacAskill (editor of Instyle), Jo Elvin (Glamour ed), Trish Haplin (Marie Claire) were all cosying up. As for the celebs, Pringle ad-favourite Tilda Swinton was front row in a beautiful argyle jumper with skinny trousers and sky-high stilettos; as was Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright and actress Rosario Dawson in one of the amazing knit-lace and leather Pringle creations.

The item

The most lust-worthy item at the show for me had to be the eye-wear. These specs were a mixture of John Lennon-esque frames and swimming goggles – all in a bright and spring-like array of colours.

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We’ve been told to embrace the trouser and billowing shapes, to keep camel in luxe materials and to lengthen hemlines to mid-calf this autumn but what will be finishing off our fashion-forward outfits, what will we be toting around on our shoulders?

It is a well-known fact that for most women the handbag is the glue that holds life together. They contain day-planners, diaries, contact numbers, snacks, make-up, accessories, cameras and much much more. Essential for quotidian life, the bag has become akin to a mini PA.

The magazines have been focusing on boxy-styles with chain mail straps for some time now and when Kate Bosworth stepped out with Mulberry’s new cross-body leopard print handbag design everyone went wild; the real clincher is the gold cat clasp fitting. At £995 this piece is an investment but it is tapping in to all the right trends and would work well with black skinny jeans and and white graphic t-shirt a la Miss Bosworth.

The shrunken briefcase style has been popular all summer but is really gaining momentum since Mulberry’s Neely bag was seen in the a/w 2010 campaign. The bag comes in a vibrant tomato red, camel, black and also a larger leopard print tote style. Equally Yves Saint Laurent, Rebecca Minkoff and Russell & Bromley have been championing square bags with long handles and cute clasps.

Cleaner lines are seen in the Celine classic box bag created after Phoebe Philo trawled the label’s archives for her debut collection earlier this year. It comes in new shades each season but Japanese editor of Vogue Anna Dello Russo has snapped up the tan which looks set to sell out very quickly.

Urban Outfitters offer a bag that is a little kinder to our bank balances, if you want the style for less try their Antique detail Croc Satchel.

Even though we will all be swanning about in voluminous capes and blouses next season our bags will remain structured and rigid. Our own little personal assistants are looking suave, boxy and corporate; we should be perfectly balanced.

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