THE FULL REPORT: PETER PILOTTO

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The boys at Peter Pilotto are going from strength to strength! After the stellar reviews their AW11 collection received, the style set turned out in full force to see what Peter and Christopher would present for SS12.

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From the moment their first look made its way down the catwalk, the front row was mesmerised. Inspired by a recent trip to Indonesia where the design duo experienced "the lush jungles, the tea, coffee, cacao, and clove plantations" and saw "the volcanic craters and sulphuric plumes of smoke first-hand," this was a collection bursting with energy.

Exotic flora and fauna was their starting point for prints. From indigenous flowers to patterns they saw when looking up to the sky in the jungle,  the final result was beautifully vivid, and dreamlike. Our particular favourite had to be the duos' magnified and manipulated wave print which took our breath away seen on a flowing skirt with a silhouette which mimicked the shape of waves crashing.

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Throughout this show, silhouette and print worked in perfect harmony, proving once again why the Peter Pilotto label deserves all the attention it's received over the last few seasons. 

While Peter Pilotto's trademark dress – in all its draped glory – looked fresh, it was their experimentation with new silhouettes which stole the limelight. There was a sense of volume and structure that we haven't seen from the label before and it had the front row scribbling away in their notebooks.

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One shape which really stood out for us were their dresses featuring bodices, nipped at the waist, and then flowing out into pleats. It seems we weren't the only ones besotted. Backstage after the show, Japanese Vogue's Anna Dello Russo, exclaimed that she needed them all! 

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While fabrics and silhouettes may have been feminine, sportswear and scuba details such as neoprene trims, industrial zippers and sporty corset tops made the collection feel decidedly modern. Even the embroidery and beading painstakingly applied by hand in order to create three-dimensional prints were innovative. Vibrantly coloured Swiss lace, lame strips trapped in chiffon and crystals covered in printed fabrics show the duos continuing interest in using fabrics in an individual way.
For the first time, we also saw swimwear hit the Peter Pilotto catwalk. As Christopher told us after the show, it's something they've wanted to do for a while and when mutual friends introduced them to stylist and swimwear designer Lisa-Marie Fernandez, it seemed like the perfect fit. And as always, the shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood which featured floral beading had us all going want, want, want!