Peter Pilotto's perfect prints at London Fashion Week AW 2012
Taking my seat at Peter Pilotto bright and early on day four of London Fashion Week, I anticipated great things of design team Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos. Known for their ability to do unbelievable things with modern graphic prints, the duo have a canny knack for taking it to the next level season after season.
For Autumn / Winter 2012-13, they - like many other designers - looked to the East for inspiration. Asian subcultures inspired a collection that looked very much like previous Peter Pilotto shows, but with an exotic touch; Chinese opera masks inspired swirling prints, we saw oversize florals and cutout velvet dresses, and incredible hand embroidery techniques took the trademark prints to the next level.
Japanese 'Light Trucks' inspired bright, bold prints that ran down stretch dresses trimmed with pop-coloured fur, often with stiff cap sleeves.
Pilotto and De Vos also collaborated with Austrian outerwear label Schneiders on cropped quilted jackets and gilets, which carried futuristic prints and topped dresses that fitted through the hip and flared out towards the knee, making them more appropriate for the season.
It was a show that definitely didn't disappoint, and the full-length dresses and eveningwear were a real surprise - will anyone be brave enough to wear Pilotto to an award show?