The last few months have seen design duo Peter Pilotto embark on a great journey.
After producing a successful collaboration with Target last year and bagging the BFC Vogue Designer Fashion Fund in January, we were expecting great things from the label at their A/W show in London. We were not disappointed.
It seems Pilotto wanted to take us with them a fashion pilgrimage as their fall collection radiated a global traveller vibe.
Fur neck-warmers in Fendi-esque shades of burnt orange and teal took us into the mountains, where geo print knitted two-pieces were the uniform of choice.
Parallel lines and sharp zig-zag motifs provided a modern take on tribal but instead of the standard Pilotto digital print, the designs were knitted into warm jumpers and midi skirts to keep us cosy in the cold.
The models followed a criss-crossing runway that was embellished with mirrors to either side, showing us the garments from every angle possible. Evidently the runway route was referenced in the garments, as black perpendicular lines were spotted across the entire collection.
Embellishment formed the second key attribute to the show with a rainbow of jewels sparkling down the runway attatched to everything from coatigans to figure-hugging pencil dresses. Opulent shades of cobalt, ruby and canary yellow took us to regal Asia, as thick black trim around pockets and seams carried the bold aesthetic through.
Metallic inflections were introduced on polo necked bodycon dresses that strayed away from the geo theme. However, the lack of print didn’t last for long as an explosive angular patterned ensemble of matching coat, top and skirt in primary colours came down the runway.
Of course it wouldn’t be a Pilotto show without digital print, as cinematic sunset and mountain scenes were splashed across two-piece top and skirt combinations.
In a scenic end to the show, bandeau dresses with neon orange waist detailing sashayed down the runway in a floral/geo hybrid print, culminating the visual feast that Pilotto provided.
After a successful few months, there was the danger that the pair would let something slip in their collection. If anything, they gave London Fashion Week too much to consider.
The show covered so many bases that it was almost confusing trying to piece the collection together. However, when the parade of ensembles walked down the runway one final time, everything was cohesive.
As far as we’re concerned, Pilotto can add their A/W collection to their list of successes for 2014.