An ode to nature | Johnstons of Elgin AW16 collections

As one of the last few vertical mills in the UK still manufacturing knitwear from start to finish, Scottish brand Johnstons of Elgin has established itself as a go-to for buyers after premium knitwear with the coveted Made in Britain accolade.

For AW16, the brand continues its signature of beautifully crafted hats, scarves and outerwear for women and men.

Rich in colour and texture, the AW16 womenswear collection is inspired by the beauty of nature. Soft dusky tones and greenish greys reflect the tranquillity of the great British outdoors, with hues of powerful blue-grey a nod to the sky on a muted, overcast day and saturated shades of boysenberry, forest green and ginger offering sophisticated highlights.

Knitted fabrics range from light, extra-fine gauge and gauzy weight structures through to chunky three-gauge knits. Oversized silhouettes, elongated forms, gauzy cables and tactile knitted structures in a range of versatile weights offer everyday luxury.

Over in menswear, the AW16 collection also looks to nature for its inspiration, with a palette of cool inky blues and slate greys invigorated with accent colours of russet red and gorse yellow.

Hand-crafted, artisanal textures are inspired by woodland foliage and vistas of organic, geometric Scottish landscapes. Ombre moss stitch sweaters in cool greys and Aran knits in foliage tones are luxuriously tactile, while two-colour tuck stitch patterning, Aran and cable combinations and plaiting of vivid colours create interesting surface textures and timeless appeal.

An organic loungewear capsule collection sits alongside the main knitwear collection and offers an extra retail option sure to be popular throughout the long British winter.

WS from £15 for accessories and from £70 for knitwear; Tel: 0207 227 3131; Johnstonscashmere.com