With London Fashion Week just a week away, I’ve been reflecting over my favourite designers of the last few years whose designs have blown me away. First up, the Belgian duo Christopher De Vos and Peter Pilotto who are behind the eponymously-named Peter Pilotto. Their innovative digital printing and use of luxe fabrics has made them stand out as daring to be different.
It was time last year that they made a cold and gloomy day into one bursting in colour at the Topshop Catwalk venue next to the river Thames. It may have been a collection for Autumn/Winter but this didn’t put them off sending models complete with digitally printed puffa jackets, slimline trousers and cut-out panelled dresses down the catwalk.
The Spring/Summer 2013 also followed suit. Flashes of tropical orange and citrus green added an extra dimension to their digitally-printed fabrics and were used to accentuate a ruffle here and a peplum there. In fact, the mash-up of prints, cropped jackets and flouncy tiered skirts set Peter Pilotto apart as masters of the digital print.
It’s fantastic to see how they’ve evolved over the years. I looked back at their Spring/Summer 2009 collection, which showed inklings of digital work but nothing quite as advanced as their last show. The final pieces to hit the runway were a feast to the eyes in terms of embellishment and beading, which again harps back to some of their earlier stuff.
Peter Pilotto certainly know how to awaken the senses and use their carefully crafted techniques to wow the fashion crowd.
Personally, I can’t wait to see what is next in terms of their game plan. Bring on London Fashion Week.
What are you looking forward to most about London Fashion Week?