Posts Tagged ‘Spring Summer 2012’

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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Louise Gray's eclectic and vibrant collection did not disappoint

More than with any other designer, I would love to spend a day in Louise Gray‘s brain. She’s playful, eclectic and definitely does not follow fashion ‘rules’ – what could be better than a tour of her limitless imagination.

Her fashion fairy Godmother, Lulu Kennedy of Fashion East, champions her like no other. Kennedy’s company exposes the latest and greatest design talent that is on offer, she was at the SS’12 presentation proudly wearing Gray’s last season designs, reports Vogue.co.uk.

The designer cites “freedom, technology, mirages and sunny days.” as inspiration for this latest collection, after a long cold winter we could all do with a bit of brightening up from Gray. Her knack for mixing textures, prints and most importantly colours is unmatched. Sprinkle in a bit of a punk edge et voilà, you have a whole new vision for SS’12 dressing.

The look

As soon as Gwen Stefani’s dulcit tones, laden with pathos blasted out from the speakers, I knew I was in for a treat. The models, some with their hair dyed candy floss pink, walked the runway with such nonchalance. Attitude just oozed off them.

The collection, entitled ‘Trust me’, beckons you into a world where play and character are all that matters. Sheer dresses with sequins sat over striped neatly collared shirts; panels of sheer fabric diluted the loud prints underneath, and jumpers and tops were appliquéd to the nines.

The people

DJ and girl-about-town Bip Ling was front row snapping looks with her pink smart phone and designer Henry Holland also came to support Louise Gray.

The item

The most covetable garments in my humble opinion were the amazing dizzy printed skirt and short suits. Cute little box-jackets with matching skirts or shorts came in mint with soft pink and greyish blue with red. The print featured distorted spots and was flecked with all sorts of tiny details that confused the eye. One things for sure, my eye is now firmly on Louise Gray.


Fellow designer Henry Holland sat front row to support Louise Gray

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