Peter Pilotto Spring 2012


“Special effects like lava-colored lace with a shiny water-resistant layer and beaded surfer sandals on a tinted Lucite heel were certainly worth writing home about, too.” – Chioma Nnadi

Peter Pilotto messes with my eyes–in the best possible way.  With their kaleidoscope of digitally enhanced mercury print in all its festooned glory, Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos have crafted together a rather awe-inspiring glimpse into the jungles of Indonesia and the blue blue waters surrounding the Pacific Islands all wrapped in futuristic cocktail dresses and eveningwear.   I love how this collection has all the exaggerated drama of haute couture and the modern sleekness of prêt-à-porter, showcasing some fantastic geometric shapes.  Moreover, the surfer and scuba feel to both the print and cut of the dresses add a different type of sophistication to the look while keeping the line relatively clean.  Pilotto and De Vos has a unique take on things, showing off a vibrantly innovative series of looks which grew only better as it went on.  As to be expected, I was immediately drawn to the striking cut-out dresses and tops.  I love how they feel edgy and sporty rather than sensual and coquettish.  As Chioma Nnadi puts it Pilotto has “combine the sporting dynamism of a bathing suit with the chic dimensions of a cocktail dress, but when you dismantled those looks, the neoprene gillets and pencil skirts had a cool surf-and-turf appeal all their own.” Lovely little collection.  I feel be looking forward to seeing what they come up with next.

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