Lines We Love: Peter Pilotto

- By Andrea Mestrovic -

Their methods may be controversial, but the design duo behind Peter Pilotto is only gaining impetus.  After all, anyone who can re-popularize puffa and mackintosh jackets, and do so with several complimentary nods from industry’s high culture, is most certainly here to stay.

Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos met while studying at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 2000. Both have a distinctively scientific view of nature, as reflected and studied under the microscope, and are captivated by color sequences in reoccurring natural phenomena.  A marriage of their talents resulted in the creation of Peter Pilotto, the brand, which was awarded Best Emerging Talent Award at the British Fashion Awards in 2009.  Their collections are growing in popularity at an astonishing rate, partly (and smartly) due to an important balance in their product: heightened innovation, sharp creativity, yet suitably commercial and wearable clothes.

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The psychedelic era of the 60s is the designers’ favorite epoch.  The vehement clashes of colors in all their collections speak to this period, but the seriousness of their shapes, precise geometric pattern collisions, and highly styled details suggest a certain intellectualism.  It appears the label is maturing with its class of clientele, but keeping their languid shapes and that signature Martian glam.  The main attraction in all their presentations (and a potential cause of controversy) is the use of a print generator – a proprietary computer program that produces the bulk of their vigorous prints.  For their Resort 2013 collection, however, the designers experimented with a new ornamentation motif, one that was reminiscent of stained colored glass.  The result is unlike anything else out there: a shocking combination of contrasts, an intense hyperrealism on fabric, and pure delight for reviewers and consumers alike.

When asked to define their target customer, the design duo concurs: “she is beyond pure classification of age or style, just like the clothes themselves. She is instantly attracted to the clothes and will wear them with her own expression, whether she encounters their designs through a chance discovery or is a loyal follower”.  In other words, their clothes are made for anyone able to handle the intensity of Peter Pilotto print sequences and will wear the clothes her way.

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Andrea Mestrovic is a multi-lingual, multi-talented, but modest multi-tasker who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic. Andrea has a sure-footed instinct for discovering magnificent finds all over the globe. You can follow her on twitter @AndreaMestrovic or read all her posts on oliviapalermo.com/author/andrea
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Andrea Mestrovic is a multi-lingual, multi-talented, but modest multi-tasker who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic. Andrea has a sure-footed instinct for discovering magnificent finds all over the globe. You can follow her on twitter @AndreaMestrovic or read all her posts on http://oliviapalermo.com/author/andrea

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