Ballantyne’s exploratitive Autumn 2012

For autumn / winter 2012 Ballantyne, the Italian fashion house with a Scottish name, has presented Milan fashion week with a collection that looks overseas for its inspiration. Or is it overland? For Ballantyne’s autumn 2012 collection is inspired by neither Italy nor Scotland, but the latter’s neighbour, England, and the Heroic Age of explorers which it significantly contributed to in the 19th and 20th centuries.


That sees Ballantyne’s autumn / fall 2012 women’s collection one that is season appropriate. It’s a collection dotted with all-over knits, furs, capes (including one of the best that we’ve seen for the season so far) and trousers. The latter are cut to the masculine shape so consuming autumn / winter 2012’s fashion, the knits are spun with the luxuries of knop yarn in cashmere, tweed cashmere, wools and velvets.

While it’s all inspired by periods’ past, Ballantyne‘s autumn / winter 2012 collection certainly isn’t a romanticised one. That is to say that they haven’t set out to create a collection that completely evokes the past nor one that risks coming off as a costume. Instead Ballantyne’s collection feels thoroughly modern. Ernest Shackleton might have taken all manner of winter clothing with him on his quests, but it’s unlikely that any sported thigh high slits.

You can see all of the Ballantyne autumn (fall) / winter 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.