StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Peter Pilotto Fall 2012

At this point in time, a time at which prints are being wholeheartedly embraced by one and all*, it would be remiss of me not to feature Peter Pilotto.  Design team Christopher De Vos and Peter Pilotto are known for their otherworldly prints, which for their fall 2012 collection were inspired by a recent trip to Asia.

Although I experienced their fall collection to be quite similar to spring – and those with a more trained eye are likely to disagree with me I am sure – I never tire of the gorgeous signature mix of print and silhouette at Peter Pilotto.  I am a huge fan of the intricate ‘criss cross’ (as Pilotto calls it) geometry within the designs – this time the cut out detailing within the patterns came across as very strong and powerful (reminiscent of the sort of bodice a female warrior might wear).

Silhouettes were rather more streamlined in comparison with previous collections (see the bottom image, the fabulously voluminous Pilotto dress I tried on at Dover Street Market during my trip back to London in February) but equally as striking.

I did not have words to describe the print when I first saw it.  Somewhat tropical? Of the sea? Somewhat Oriental?  Futuristically 3D?  From Style.Com:

“Inspired by recent trips to Asia, they created a pattern based on Japanese ‘light trucks’, vehicles studded with thousands of lights, and another one abstracted from Chinese opera masks. The latter had a floral sensuousness, and made for some uncomplicatedly gorgeous garments; the light-truck print was trickier, but it looked good set off by swathes of deep blue velvet.” ~

Velvet trim, sequins and beading also added to the opulence and glamour of the collection.

What do you think to the aesthetic of Peter Pilotto, Blog Reader?  You can view collections from spring summer 2010, on the Pilotto website.

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  1. says

    I am the exception… I don’t do prints well! I don’t know if I’m afraid, if I just don’t have enough style, or if I hate patterns. (I do however wear stripes and dots. Does that count?)

  2. says

    Overall, prints are still not my favourite. But if ever there was a designer whose prints I wanted to embrace, it’s Peter Pilotto. I particularly love the flapper style of the sixth dress; it’s patterned but still subtle (or, as stuble as a Peter Pilotto goes) enough to satisfy my love of monochrome. I to say, though, my very favourite part of this post is seeing you trying on the designs – there is something about seeing the dresses on a real person, rather than someone on the runway, that brings them to life in a completely different way!

    • says

      Cee you should have seen me in Dover St market, I was like a kid in a candy store! One of the nicest things about the place is that the staff are so un-snobby, they let you try on anything they see you like. If you visit London, do put this on your list of things to do/see.

  3. rosalovesdc says

    These prints are amazing. I need to experiment with prints more, I do have to be careful as I am short and a big print always looks so overwhelming on my frame. I love the intricate details in these dresses, great work by the designer. Thanks for sharing.

  4. CinZilicious says

    Wow, i love the prints on these dresses!!! You know, i dont see you much in prints i realized but after seeing this photo, i say you definitely can carry the print look!!!!=D i’ve not heard of Peter Pilotto but i love his stuff, very colorful and lovely prints and patterns.

    I definitely need to inject more prints to my closet. But i did just get a floral top and floral dress to get spring ready, hehehe….

    Hope you had a great Easter!!! By the way, i finally revealed the final 2 gifts fo my giveaway so feel free to drop by and check it out or participate if you like=)

    Happy weekend ahead dear!!!


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