Johnston’s of Elgin SS19: Neapolitan Sophistication

Despite immediately associating knitwear with winter, this iconic cashmere brand has created a Spring Summer collection that is versatile enough for year-round wear.

Johnston's of Elgin SS19

Johnston’s of Elgin’s SS19 presentation was exhibited in the Waldorf Hilton Hotel’s Palm Court, and the venue certainly lived up to its name. The space was covered with exotic leafed plants, and the intense lighting imitated a tropical sun, immediately transporting spectators from the streets of Covent Garden to an Italian getaway.

Johnston's of Elgin SS19

Speaking of Italy, the collection itself was inspired by Ischia, an island in the Bay of Naples. This destination explains why the collection featured such effortlessly cool ensembles. Italians are renowned for their sporty yet elegant style, and this collection encapsulated that essence.

Johnston's of Elgin SS19

Tailored pieces and swimwear for both men and women felt cruise-inspired, evoking the idea of a nautical Summer escape.

The colour palette was stunning, using pastel colours to give balance and depth to more vibrant hues of hot pink, electric blue and violet.

Johnston's of Elgin SS19

The collection comprised of fifteen womenswear looks and five menswear, and were all produced in the brand’s birthplace, Scotland. The cashmere is woven in the company’s mill in Elgin, situated on the banks of the River Lossie, and the knitwear is formed in the town of Hawick.

The knitted fabrications of cashmere silk and cotton were lightweight, providing transitional pieces for wearers. The smooth fluidity of this fabric was contrasted with chunky knitted separates.

Johnston's of Elgin SS19

Johnston's of Elgin SS19

Tissue like cashmere gives volume to the collection, making fabrics feel like they’re barely touching the skin. Ideal for those unbearably clammy Summer months.

Johnston's of Elgin SS19

The designs focused used on using minimum seams to create a clean, sharp finish, but the garments were still fluid and relaxed.

Creative director Alan Scott wanted to “illustrate the year-round wearability of cashmere.’ We think he definitely succeeded, as the collection was luxurious, but comfortable and not overstated. Johnston’s of Elgin have created a stunning Spring/Summer collection that really exhibits brilliant Scottish craftsmanship.

What are your thoughts on Johnston of Elgin’s SS19 collection? We’d love to hear in the comments below.


Text: Natalie Zannikos

Images: Emily Pringle

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