Peter Pilotto – A Little Bit of Heaven

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

Anna Dello Russo

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

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