The aesthetic of Peter Pilotto consistently involves digital prints and futuristic silhouettes. The fall 2012 collection does not stray from this style but rather advances on it. Set on a space-age kind of runway, structured pieces that mold to the shape of the body combined with angled hemlines and unexpected cut-outs create intriguing, one-of-a-kind designs. The color scheme of the collection is magnificent and varied without being spastic and random; shots of neon green and yellow enliven subtler blue-green dresses and separates, while shades of pink bring a dash of romance to blacks and blues. Static stripes, oversized florals and various abstractions play up the modernity that is signature to both Peter Pilotto the brand and London Fashion Week as a whole.
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This collection is finely executed and the designs are consistently creative and of good quality. What stood out to me the most was a printed puffer with a purposely disproportionate neckline and a tropical two-piece ensemble characterized by cut-outs at the neckline and emphasized short sleeves.
The styling of the show was well done, kept to a minimum. Pointed-toe criss-cross stilettos almost reminiscent of a ballet shoe were subtly printed and colored. (Pointed-toe shoes are going to be huge in fall; many designers are showing this particular feature.) Make-up was minimal: luminous, seemingly bare faces combined with natural lipstick. Slicked back hair adds to the futuristic feel of the collection.
I have to say that this was a job well done for Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos. Though I believe the duo could have pushed themselves further, they created a beautiful collection that will succeed in maintaining the loyalty of their current fans, as well as garnering new ones.
(View the full collection here.)