Each season, the collections that design-duo Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos send down the catwalks become more and more refined. With their focus on form and surface rather than the digital prints that have somewhat come to define their label over the last couple of seasons, SS11 marked a change and was one of the designers' most accomplished collections to date.


Inspired by the image of the playfully polished lady that Yves Saint Laurent famously created in the 70s, this was a collection defined by chic minimalism and classic refinement. The silhouette they created was long and lean with airy full-length skirts in papery silks, draped liquid jersey dresses creating a care-free, yet utterly polished notion of modern elegance.


Drawing their inspiration from far-fetched places such as Californian retro rock climbers and their colourful sports gear to multi-coloured muscle illustrations, their signature painterly tones were refreshed with airy whites, egg shell blues, muted beiges, peachy nudes, flashes of electric blue and vibrant coral. Used in the screen prints featured throughout on parachute silks and updated with optical illusions of lace and tweed, their pieces had a beautifully tactile, three-dimensional appeal.     


The duos move into textured prints was particularly stunning in the sporty polo-neck summer knits that made their way down the catwalk. Taking ribbing as their inspiration, two-tone undulating lines in classic sporty shades such as navy and grey followed the body's form and had the front row in a snapping frenzy.


Our favourite pieces had to be the cropped jackets with sporty panelling and zipper details that were teamed with the designers' billowing printed dresses and turned our notion of sportswear on its head. One thing is for sure, this was a show that is set to be a firm favourite with the style set for SS11.   

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