Alistair Carr takes his bow at Pringle's Menswear Autumn Winter 2012 show in January
The game of designer musical chairs continues today as Pringle of Scotland announce they will be parting ways with design director, Alistair Carr. According to Women's Wear Daily, the Spring Summer 2013 menswear show, set to show in London this June, will be his final collection after a 'mutual' and 'amicable' decision.
It's an unexpected development considering Carr joined the Scottish heritage label little over a year ago. It was in March 2011 that Grazia Daily announced the under-the-radar designer would be stepping up to the task following Clare Waight Keller's move to Chloe. Might we see Pringle's signature knitwear get a fash-over, we mused, considering Carr was known for an edgy sportswear-influenced aesthetic during his tenure at Balenciaga? 'I plan to go through the archives in Scotland, and I think it’s important to respect Pringle’s heritage, but I don’t want to ‘do’ a heritage line,' he told WWD at the time.
A year later and the company is planning to eschew catwalk shows in favour of small presentations and will open smaller retail stores. Jean Fang, Pringle’s CEO, tells WWD they will 'emphasise core product, such as luxury cashmere and wool separates with a modern edge'. But does this mean a new design director will be filling Carr's shoes? And where is Carr headed? Watch this space...