Massimo Nicosia went back to the drawing board for a collection based on grids, elongated lines and elastic proportions for one of Pringle’s strongest men’s outings in recent seasons. It was packed with layering, fabric mixes and distorted or embellished takes on Pringle’s signature argyle and Fair Isle motifs.
“We were playing with repetitive patterns and scale, looking at expanded patterns and pixelation,” said Pringle’s head designer, adding that he also had a young art student in mind this season, “poetic, cerebral, cool — but also tough.”
Looks were layered and sleeves were extralong — an emerging trend in London — with cuffs bunched or turned up at the wrist. The collection was heavy on hybrid outerwear, including a part-leather, part-gray flannel coat with a shearling collar and a parka with a plaid panel at the bottom — and quilted black leather sleeves.
Knitwear was nubby and tactile, including one thick, flecked sweater in black and white, and others with a chunky orange pixelated pattern or a magnified black-and-white tartan.
Some of the quieter knits on show were from a new collaboration with Nick Wooster, who has reworked Pringle classics into a core collection debuting for fall. It will also be on show at Pitti Uomo next week.