We wish we we're walking through the streets of London in Peter Pilotto AW11 like Margot Bowman's illustrated gil is!
The designers behind the label, Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos started the second day in the Topshop Show Space on a high. For AW11, the design duo decided to do something different – taking their signature motifs and silhouettes into a new, tougher territory. Inspired by iconic political movements – from the Russian Revolution to the Paris riots and the recent student protests – the designers' imagined their models as an army of youthful revolutionaries.
The first few looks comprised wide tailored trousers, slim-cut tunic dresses and high-neck skinny knits plastered in a mix of weighty chain-print checks, inter-locking wires, blurred stripes, and sharp mesh motifs in a palette of anarchistic black and white, Bolshevik reds, violent yellows and stormy blues. The duos' mix of prints and their elongated silhouettes certainly pushed their signature forwards and were in perfect keeping with the bold, clean lines we've seen on the catwalks for autumn.
Peter Pilotto's clever use of classic Oxford shirting throughout their collection also added a new cut and paste dimension to their work. Layered amongst wool gorgette tops, creeping out from under tailored military-esque jackets, or voluminous dresses, it added a light, youthful feel. In contrast, long, austere panelled wool coats – with and without sleeves – had a more sober tone and were embellished with military-eque lines of matching buttons
Blurred bold prints appeared on floor-sweeping tunics, strapless georgette corset dresses and wide floor sweeping trousers that are sure to be seen on the young starlets that adore the Peter Piotto label. Adding a new sensuality to their work, unexpected peep-holes also revealed flashes of skin throughout.
Styled with rainbow hue eye make-up and killer gnarled crocodile skin leather boots by Nicholas Kirkwood, we're sure the style set will adore Peter Pilotto's take on anarchy as much as we do!