In a flamboyant, artistic manner, Vogue.com described Peter Pilotto's latest collection with the words: "The silhouettes were canvasses for a kaleidoscopic essay in greens and blues, pinks and purples." Just as the poetic essence of the words captures our attention, the deeply art-inspired Spring 2014 collection had such elements that resonated with critics and the LFW audience, and now, me. On the whole, LFW (save for Burberry) was not nearly as exhilarating as NYFW, which I enjoyed vicariously through my new favorite app, courtesy of Style.com. Though I was marginally disappointed with the clothing London had to offer, Pilotto's vivacious, breathtaking new collection made up for any void in fashion I had previously sensed. With dancing watercolor impressions, ombre patterns and streams of sunset tones, the truly-divine Peter Pilotto collection was made to walk down the runway – and maybe even find its place in a museum.
When you think of the hoop skirt and hourglass silhouette, visions of Victorian times, Downton Abbey-esque ensembles and an utterly demure connotation arise. Peter Pilotto had redefined the very idea of a hoop skirt by the skillful and remarkably unexpected incorporation of the dress form in his Spring 2014 collection. The collection was primarily inspired by the work of Ken Price, a ceramic and print artist whose work the designers saw in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. While absorbing the complex pieces that Price created, the designer duo behind Peter Pilotto applied those very qualities to their collection. Intricate overlaps and painstakingly-combined color tones reflected an idea that was larger than the world of fashion – the magnetic force of art made its way into every corner of the clothes Pilotto had to offer.
In terms of color, the classic blue-green and orange-red combinations prevailed but Pilotto, in his usualy ways of redefining classics, added several twists. Blazing blends of hues and startling fusions of contrasting tones brought the collection to life; the colors inevitably had a life of their own. Those very colors were the highlight the collection, in my ways, and made its way onto the several different silhouettes with ease. The formations of each piece of clothing ranged from ladylike and summery to masculine and 'muscular', according to Style.com. The irresistible artwork-inspired collection may have seem removed and detached from trends that are enveloping the industry at the moment, but this perception was proved wrong. Pilotto managed to merge his ravishing concept with trends such as crop tops, subtle hints of midriff, and quintessential strap sandals. This being said, the collection was described by Style.com's critics as "a collection full of contradictions". There is certain truth to that statement, but in my eyes, this a positive and welcomed factor. With digital prints, embellished tweed, delicate lace, structured collars, and stiff, flowery skirts, the collection seamlessly strung together a variety of elements – with the only reigning factor being the artwork imprinted on each piece. Fashion often offers contradictions as a whole, and Pilotto did no wrong in this collection which was beautifully-crafted and bursting with significance.
What do you think of Pilotto's Sping 2014 collection?