London Fashion Week On|Off Schedule: Peter Pilotto
Tickets were thin on the ground for the Peter Pilotto On|Off catwalk show, demonstrating how much this up-and-coming designer is in demand. Overall the look was innocent but tough, and sexy without being obviously so. The emphasis was short and sweet with midriff baring tops and hi-top black or white trainers reminding me of Natalie Portman playing a young wannabe hitman in Léon. Madonna style retro bodices were given a new lease of life with origami pleats and folds; and ultra-short skirts were given the same treatment.
The obvious '80s influences were taken to another level with the inclusion of fitted Victorian-style frockcoats with low scoop necklines giving the models an s-shape body last seen at the turn of the 19th century.
Overall the colour palette was predominantly black and washed out beige in stark contrast to the extremes of colour seen at PPQ and Eley Kishimoto. Prints were either washed out daubings of what looked like flowing champagne or weird and wonderful computer generated mirror images that from afar looked like Aztec prints. Further interest was added with netted cutout capes and metallic fabrics.