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.” ~ Style.com
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.