Show report: Peter Pilotto A/W’12

Watching the chic crowd leave the Old Billingsgate building with beaming faces you knew the Peter Pilotto early morning alarm call after a heavy weekend had been well worth it

Watching the chic crowd leave the Old Billingsgate building with beaming faces you just knew the Peter Pilotto early Monday morning alarm call after a heavy weekend had been well worth it.

Moving on from their spring/summer 2012 inspiration from the jungles of Java, the design duo, Christopher Vos and Peter Pilotto, looked to various Asian subcultures for autumn/winter 2012, specifically taking Japanese fetished trucks as their starting point.

And who would have thought that such blingy, garish freighters would lead to such a beautiful and feminine collection? However, not nearly as surprising as a puffa jacket being the most desirable item of the collection. But that’s what happens when these creative geniuses get their hands on an item previously associated with Bear Grylls’ wardrobe. As the first model stepped out in the down-filled jacket covered in their signature punchy prints, a collective sigh of lust echoed around the venue.

The sighs didn’t stop there, as look after look the collection grew more and more desirable. Sculpted dresses with geometric cut-out details and cap sleeves came in swirls of zingy prints of acidic greens, yellows and blues. Others came with digital prints of orange and red carnations, pretty dusty lilac orchids and swirling leaf motives.

Dresses fell to just below the knee or swirled to the floor in flirty fishtails. But it was their new embroidery techniques and detailed flattering cuts that really caused a stir. Nipped-in waists on decadent velvet dresses, innovative peplums and floral shaped cut-out panels on hand-beaded tops showed that for autumn/winter 2012 this design duo have definitely blossomed.

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