Now in their 200th year, the fashion house's head designer Massimo Nicosia seemed eager to prove that they are not simply keeping up with the times, but rather they are two steps ahead. The designer collaborated with Material Scientist and Architect Richard Beckett to create fabrics with a haptic quality.
3D printing and selective laser sintering (SLS) was used to create the fabrics. Small nylon pieces in over 1,000 different geometries interweave to engineer a textile which moves to accommodate the form of the body beneath it. This innovative material is used in cuff and sleeve details and as a 3D embellishment to argyle, aran and cable knits and has architect's uniform written all over it.
Pringle's AW14 collection marks the first time that such technology has been used in ready to wear clothing. Rather than being a core part of the garment, its use is mostly ornamental. Elsewhere, one Dutch haute couturier has been creating entire garments using SLS and we'll be taking a closer look at this soon. However, with the expense of this modern technology, Nicosia's subtle application of it within next season's knitwear is more realistic in terms of mass production and wearability. Needless to say, he's got the Concrete Collar seal of approval.