Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Peter Pilotto and his partner in design, Christopher De Vos, had a computer program specifically developed to generate their kaleidoscopic prints. They recently showed the program off at Pitti, where their label was selected to be featured this season. For their current collection, they used the program to create two striking prints. The first was pixilated and geometric and also incorporated the textural patterns they have presented in the past. Research at the Royal Library in London inspired the second print. It borrowed swirls and filigrees from old manuscripts the designers found there. In addition to the prints, Pilotto and De Vos created patterns on mesh pieces with floral appliqués and circular paillettes that recalled notebook paper reinforcements. The designers offered an expanded selection of separates this time around, including more pants, jackets and skirts than ever before. These innovations, along with their interest in technology, make Pilotto and De Vos two of the most promising young designers showing today. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Hourglass / Fit-and-Flare / Columnar / Body-con
Color: Emerald / Gold / Royal blue / Fiery red / Bright purple / Lime / Pale blue / Mint / Black / White
Key Items: Printed sheaths / Embellished mesh dress / Mesh tops / Pencil skirts
Materials: Cloqué / Mesh / Satin / Charmeuse
Print + Pattern: Computer-generated pixilated geometrics / Mirror-image prints / Filigree
Details + Trim: Floral appliqués / Circular paillettes / Embroidery / Contrast cuffs and collars / Piecing / Color blocking
Accessories + Footwear: Strappy printed sandals
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