What to Say When You’re Talking about Peter Pilotto
Say: “Now they’re original. They make a strong duo, don’t they?”
Elaborate: Peter Pilotto is only one half of the brand. He launched the eponymous brand in 2007, and was soon joined by his partner Christopher de Vos. They met in 2000, as students at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, which is also responsible for giving us legends icons like Dries Van Noten and Martin Margiela.
Say: “It’s the very definition of glocal.”
Elaborate: The brand headquartered in London, but the designers come from very diverse backgrounds. Peter is half Austrian, half Italian; Christopher is half Belgian, half Peruvian.
Say: “They’ve consistently hit milestones.”
Elaborate: Acclaim has come sweet and steady for this duo. Within two years of starting the label they won Best Emerging Talent at the British Fashion Awards (2009). They bagged the Swarovski Emerging Talent award (2010) and the BFC’s Fashion Forward Prize (2011) in quick succession. They won the prestigious BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund (2014), and the £200,000 cash prize that came with it. In 2014, the London based team became household names in America with a collaboration with Target.
Say: “They give us #relationshipgoals.”
Elaborate: They’ve been together for over 16 years now, since school. In these times, that’s a small eternity.
Say: “Peter Pilotto grabbed headlines with their kaleidoscopic print.”
Elaborate: They were right up front, steering the course of the digital print revolution. Their Resort 2013 collection found worldwide acclaim.
Say: “They were among the first to think of seasonless fashion.”
Elaborate: “Seasons… they don’t feel as relevant anymore,” they said around their 2015 Resort collection, which mixed elements of summer of winter wear. Think knits and cable sweaters in electric prints.
Say: “They channel the icy winters into an evening-ready collection.”
Elaborate: Enchanting colours of the night sky, slinky blue silks, icicle-pretty lace and embroidery dominate the collection inspired by Nordic symbolism and the Arctic winters.
Say: “Somehow all the cool celebrities gravitate towards Peter Pilotto.”
Elaborate: Michelle Obama, Priyanka Chopra, Kristen Stewart, Diane Kruger, Alexa Chung, Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Roberts… Need we go on?
Find Peter Pilotto fall-winter 2016 at Le Mill