All designers at Pringle of Scotland will frame their collections around the house codes: twinsets, argyle, check/tartan, and 19th-century fine-spun undergarments. This is as certain as your chance of being monstered by midges should you picnic in midsummer in the Scottish Highlands.
Today’s collection, sparked by an imagined (but midge-free) Highlands picnic, opened with layered neutral deconstructions of the twinset - basically a layered knit - into attractively angled dresses. Off-gauge panels of laddered yarn gridded into negative space created a sort of decimated check in two early looks. Later, Pringle’s designer, Fran Stringer, layered opaque vests, skirts, and tank tops (thus ticking the undergarment box). Some were lined vertically, others horizontally, thus creating a crisscross check effect (check: check!). A punchy red gingham on one fitted dress probably represented the picnic blanket, while a series of finely draped floaty cotton dresses and skirts in tartan and azure had a series of look-twice suspender arrangements that seemed to hold the wearers’ arms to their bodies.