At the première of The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Emma Watson debuted a Dior Couture look which has divided the Nation’s opinion. Half of us love it and half dislike or don’t quite understand it. I am in the love camp. However I do have issues with the look as a whole.
This little beauty popped up on the Vogue website and I couldn’t help but fall swiftly in love with it. The dress is such a beautiful cut – obviously, it’s Jil Sander – and the print is just so eye-catching. Alexandra Beneti is working graphic florals, a big AW trend. The vibrancy of the colours saves the dress from being too pretty and wishy-washy. It’s everything SJP’s Valentino dress at the Met Ball could have been, but just wasn’t. A prime example of why colour is your friend.
Peter Pilotto need little introduction to most people but as one of my absolute favourites consistently with every collection they produce, I felt it was only right to dedicate a post to the beauty of their clothes and accessories.
Although named just ‘Peter Pilotto’, the beautiful, vibrant clothes are designed by two men – Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos. Pilotto is half-Austrian and half-Italian. His parents owned the first shop in Austria that sold labels such as Aläia; he grew up with fashion in his daily life and big designers as inspiration. De Vos on the other hand is the half-Belgian, half-Peruvian son of parents in the oil industry, a world far from fashion.
The two men met at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 2000 and have been in collaboration ever since. Each brings something different to their designs but they share a fascination of science and nature which is evident in their prints and structuring. Pilotto is the print man and De Vos concentrates on the silhouettes of each piece. The clothes they produce are a perfect juxtaposition of otherworldly, outspoken, bright prints coupled with soft silhouettes and structuring.
As a lover of all print and colour, their clothes appeal to me greatly and I’m not the only one. All manner of celebrities have been seen in their creations, from Miranda Kerr to Samantha Cameron. According to the duo, the ‘Peter Pilotto woman’ is “beyond pure classification of age or style, just like the clothes themselves.”
Samantha Cameron in Peter Pilotto
Here are the best pieces – it was very hard to whittle them down – from their SS13 collection shown in LFW. The collection was inspired by renaissance paintings, cathedrals and religion (very apt as the collection is, as the title of this post suggests, a little bit of heaven) :
Watch the show to see how beautifully the clothes move, even though they are so well structured, appearing rigid in photographs.
images from style.com
René Gruau for Vogue Paris June/July 1985
Before the days of photography and photoshop, magazines and fashion houses employed the skills of Fashion Illustrators for their spreads and advert campaigns. These days fashion illustration is rare, so when I heard of David Downton, it was very exciting news. He follows in the footsteps of the greats, such as René Gruau and Carl Erickson, bringing whimsical romanticism to the world of fashion through his beautiful illustrations.
Due to the fact that I am currently doing a wonderful internship and don’t have time to blog as much as usual, I thought it would be fun to try something new. Normally I write a post about how I might style a certain item but now it’s your turn, faithful readers.
When in France, I bought a lovely jacket from one of my favourite French labels, Maje. I want everyone and anyone to comment on this post telling me how I should wear it. If I think one person’s suggestion is particularly good, I will post that too. Don’t be shy, get your stylist thinking-caps on and comment below telling me how to wear my beautiful new coat!