A brand synonymous with cashmere, Johnston’s of Elgin proves its all-year-round appeal with a stunning spring/summer collection – the first in the brand’s history.
Held inside The Waldorf Hilton’s beautiful Palm Court, the latest collection showcased a new dimension using cutting edge knit innovations and lightweight textiles, expertly adapting their designs to suit the warmer months.
Cashmere silk and cotton pieces in a tropical palette of pastels, hot pink, lemon and electric blue were used for both men’s and womenswear. A stand-out women’s jumpsuit drew attention with its vivid shade of deep blue and classic stripe detailing.
Every fabric used is unique to the brand with cashmere woven in the company’s mill in Elgin on the banks of the River Lossie and knitwear created in the Border town of Hawick. In its quest to further its commitment to sustainability, the brand is working tirelessly with the Sustainable Fibre Alliance – which Johnston's of Elgin helped to fund and launch.
The spring/summer 19 collection explored three concepts – the first of which was high summer. Tissue weight mesh constructions lent a delicate air to the looks. Cashmere dresses and cropped trousers were impossibly light whilst playing with volume. Fluid and effortless shapes in kimono cuts and pyjama styles contributed to a relaxed and super luxe feel.
The second concept looked at warm climates. Whole garment technology was used to create clothing with fewer seams, resulting in a much cleaner and cooler look. These were woven in a distinct species of cotton with the most luxurious and precious fibres and set new benchmarks for craftsmanship and cooling comfort.
For the third concept, sophisticated cruise-inspired pieces in timeless hues were constructed in cotton merino double face fabrics. This concept also included light and easy outerwear and oversized cardigans in ribbed styles, perfect for the chill of early spring.
Creative Director, Alan Scott said “It is an honour to return to London Fashion Week for a second season. This unique collection, lovingly made in Scotland, retains our signatures of textile expertise, craft and tailoring for which we have become world renowned, whilst showing the fashion world – for the very first time – that the brand is for all seasons.” It’s fair to say that Johnston’s of Elgin has firmly established that.
Words: Sunna Naseer | Fashion Week Press | @sunna_naseer
Images: Eloise Peachey |Fashion Week Photographer | @eloisepeacheyphoto