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In his final collection for Pringle of Scotland, Alistair Carr’s personality and very particular, exceptional style was all over everything. Taking Pringle’s sporting heritage as his start point, he played with fabrics, using cotton viscose silk, merino silk cashmere, and something like airtex on T-shirts, baggy shorts and hybrid jogger trousers. His models (we’ll talk about them in a minute) were fashion boys who looked like they’d stopped off at the show on their way to play football. So the casting, which Alistair quickly accredited to Angus Munro backstage, was masterful. Using actually a lot of the same boys from his last mens’ show in Milan, they were united by their tattoos and their ‘tude. “I hate those shows where it’s just one generic boy”, Alistair told i-D online backstage, “I like different people, individuals, so that more people can identify with it and imagine wearing the clothes. It should be accessible, which is why Pringle have opening price points, to make it accessible”. In his final say on the argyle, Alistair used a shadowing effect, “done in a knit technique, basically where you knit in reverse, giving a subtle effect”. Stripy T-shirts with a different feel and fabric for every stripe, big hoods, orange camo print and a coat with a wind protector thing at the front (not the technical term), which Alistair proudly pronounced to be denim, were the star players. But not really, because every article was desirable and unmistakably Alistair. SS13 will no doubt become a specific collection people make reference to when referring to “Alistair’s ‘reign at Pringle’”. Which we are very sad to see come to an end, but look forward to the future.
Text: Sarah Raphael
Photography: Mitchell Sams
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