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Peter Pilotto

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BEYOND THE HORIZON
The Peter Pilotto spring collection seemed to reflect the passing of the day, with images of sunset, blue seas, and surf gradually darkening into a midnight sky shot with bursts of fireworks. The design duo of Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos are a quiet force — their beautiful creations are so light, airy and unpretentious that it is easy to overlook how skillfully the fabric is handled and fitted. In a series of dresses, an almost invisible Lucite belt cinched an hourglass sheath with gently sculpted shoulders and peplumed hips, an emblem of their understated tailoring abilities. The duo also fashioned their own version of Rodarte’s famous collage dress, with malleable scale-printed jersey and draped panels of watercolored silks. In their agile hands, the expansive swaths of fabrics melded together seamlessly to form a real dress that fit like second skin and not merely an art project.
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  • Whitney

    This collection is so beautiful. It is definitely one of my favorite SS 2010 shows so far. I was first reminded of sunsets when viewing images of the collection too. I saw sunsets and a dream-like absence of gravity. The clothes are “light and airy,” without losing their presence or significance. Thank you for pointing out the high level of craftsmanship necessary to create clothing that has an illusion of being weightless. The collection was so well done and easy to look at, that until I read your review, I had just accepted the designers vision without even thinking about the reality behind it. The use of watercolor is so pretty, and I also love the sketch-y/pen and ink quality that some of the fabric has. It is another element that makes it easy for me to see the imagery from the designers’ point of view.

    On a side note: This silhouette reminds me of some of my favorite Prada/Miu Miu looks:)

    http://www.stylesight.com/vol2/thumbnails/8987/ppt_ls10_035.jpg

    At the same time, the light and airy quality it has makes it totally different from the heavier intellectual versions from Prada.

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