Stella Tennant was in town on Sunday to celebrate Pringle of Scotland’s new campaign, in which she stars along with actor Luke Treadaway and artist David Shrigley. Like a beautiful giraffe with Mitford eyes, wearing argyle skater shoes and boyish trousers, we grabbed five minutes with her to talk knitwear, Scotland and what she wants from a photographer.
“We were meant to shoot this in the Isle of Skye but I think that would have been quite hard. Ive been there and it’s magical but rough terrain. Instead we did it in a studio in London. Albert Watson, the photographer, was a pleasure to work with. He’s old school and very particular. I like a photographer who knows what he wants. There was genuine cross over with the subjects – I know David Shrigley through friends in Glasgow, for example – and I grew up in Hawick where Pringle was founded. It all felt very cosy. I probably wore Pringle when I was younger, bought from local charity shops. I moved back to Scotland 12 years ago, from New York and I live in the Borders. I’m used to the lack of sunshine now. I occasionally come to London and I’m here to celebrate this. I’m not doing anything else. This is my London fashion week.”