Early on Monday morning is always a tough time to be scheduled for a show. Everyone’s been at shows, presentations and parties for three days, and initial adrenaline and enthusiasm are usually wearing a little thin. And that’s just the black-clad Fashion Eds who are driven between shows in blacked out Merc S-Classes. Pleasingly, this time also coincides with design duo Peter Pilotto’s show, which acts as a shot of caffeine to tired and grouchy fashionisti whatever their mode of transport. Last season, PP played with shape and texture, introducing rainbow fur and quilted, patterned parkas into the mix of their deliciously geometric prints. This season, the colour clashes got greater but texture was toned down; the duo opting instead to focus on embellishment in the form of jewels, metallic fragments and reflective highlights. It was an absolute triumph. When discussing London designers who work with print, it’s always Mary Katrantzou that is the first name to the tongue – it’s time for a volte-face: Peter Pilotto’s SS13 collection was both more adventurous and edgy in its use of print, and more inventive in its cut. You only need to look closely at these images to realise how brilliant this show was. Without a doubt one of my favourites of the season.
Words – Seb Law
Photos – Kaye Ford