Day three of London’s first EVER menswear only fashion week dawned sunny and bright which was just as well because the final pre-planned outfit hanging on my ‘fashion week rail’ – yes I do have one, it takes pride of place in my sitting room twice a year – was possibly the summeriest yet. With a leisurely 1pm start I took the opportunity to pay a visit to Somerset House and check out my mum’s latest jewellery collection which was exhibiting as part of London Jewellery Week. The designer herself was a good hour late (quelle surprise) so after a brief catch up at Starbucks (natch) I made a high speed and, dare I say it, slightly sweaty dash up to Covent Garden for my first show of the day, Pringle.
I wore… Blouse: Whistles, Skirt & Bag: Jaeger, Shoes: Kurt Geiger,
Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery
If I’d thought the Mr Start show was full, I hadn’t seen anything yet, and the BFC venue was packed fit to burst with some people even climbing on seats in an attempt to catch a glimpse of the catwalk. For a minute I considered giving the whole thing a miss and treating myself to a leisurely lunch instead but I was soon grateful I didn’t. I well and truly take my hat off to Design Director, Alistair Carr, for managing to stay true to the label’s roots yet offer up something exciting and modern. Founded waaaay back in 1815, Pringle of Scotland is every inch the quintessential heritage brand and its iconic diamond patterned knits are universally recogniseable. Knitwear remains a central theme for SS13 but its latest incarnation is a far cry from what your Grandad wore to play golf in. Striped waffle weave sweaters gave off a nautical air while semi-sheer, mesh knits made a nod to aethletic influences. A glance at the ever-helpful show notes confirmed that performance wear had indeed been one of Carr’s inspirations and sporty touches appeared throughout the collection. A theme inherent in Pringle’s identity is traditional countryside pursuits this was continued by way of cagoule-inspired jackets and multi-pocket coats which conveniently transform into backpacks. Practical pieces in the finest quality fabrics made for a collection that fused luxury and functionality in a way that was frankly ingenious. Pringle of Scotland was definitely one of my favourite shows out of the lot and I can’t wait to see what the womenswear collection has in store.
With roughly 5 hours to go until my next show, I found myself in a bit of a catch 22. If I went home the chances were I’d fail to resist the allure of comfortable clothing and Desperate Housewives and never make it back out. Then again, much as I love The Hospital Club, I didn’t really fancy spending the whole afternoon in the press lounge, trying and failing to resist the allure of the endless supplies of champagne on offer. So instead I made for the nearest Waterstones and spent a blissful couple of hours reading a crime novel in Starbucks (see, I do have interests other than fashion. Case in point, Scandi crime!) before making my way back to the BFC venue for my final show of the weekend, Christopher Raeburn. I reviewed Christopher’s show for Velour Magazine so in the interests of not repeating myself, I wont go in to too much detail. But I will say that the talented young designer truly outdid himself this season. Since launching his eponymous label just four years ago, Raeburn’s innovative take on ultility chic has been making pretty major waves on the fashion scene. For SS13 he stayed true to his fashion-meets-function aesthetic, using re-appropriated army fabrics to create an ethical, wearable and covetable collection. As far as I’m concerned, any designer who wins multiple awards for creating clothes that don’t make my fashion-fearful boyfriend run for the hills is, quite frankly, a genius.
Love Ella. X