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’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.
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.
The colour palette was stunning, using pastel colours to give balance and depth to more vibrant hues of hot pink, electric blue and violet.
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.
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.
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Text: Natalie Zannikos
Images: Emily Pringle