Going to Waterloo station on a Monday morning during the worst of the London rush hour is not my idea of fun, but for Peter Pilotto I chose to endure it. Held in the old Eurostar terminal, next to the unused railtracks, a bunch of tired-looking fashionista’s gathered, much to the bemusement of the early-morning commuters. The label is sponsored by the New Gen scheme, which meant a yummy pre-show breakfast and much-needed cup of coffee courtesy of Topshop. The boys of Peter Pilotto (which consists of Austrian-Italian Peter Pilotto and Belgian-Peruvian Christopher de Vos), have definitely assembled a little bit of a cult-following over the past few years. A large number of guests are always proudly wearing some of their designs at the show, as if to confirm their status as real fans.
The collection, this time inspired by a trip to Indonesia, featured lots of their signature mismatched colourful prints, this time added with a three-dimensional effect by using embroidery and beading, all painstakingly applied by hand. Their trademark wrap dresses were less present, this time choosing to play more with volume, never seen at Pilotto before. Beautiful full pleated skirts were accentuated by the tight fitted tops, whilst other looks featured body-con silhouettes layered with neoprene jackets, which, with their oversized zippers were reminiscent of wetsuits. The perspex-heeled beaded shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood sent a slight shiver of happiness down my spine. Peter Pilotto’s fans will have a great summer to look forward to, as this had to be one of their best and most cohesive collection so far. I absolutely adored every moment of it, well worth the early morning start.
Alex is the author of popular fashion blog www.alexloves.com
Images: London Fashion Week