Peter Pilotto For Target
The British are coming… to Target!
The best news out of London Fashion Week this fall was that Peter Pilotto would be bringing his colorful prints stateside for a collaboration with Target, but before we get to the “leaked” photo that will give us some clue as to what the essence of the collection, let’s take a look at some of Pilotto’s and De Vos’ past designs:
First we have lovely fall dress, complete with fur neckline, showing off their training from Belgium’s esteemed Royal Academy of Fine arts
Here a more subdued number from their Fall 2013 line.
???Incase you didn’t know, before launching their line in 2005, both Pilotto and De Vos used work for Vivienne Westwood.
Other past work includes their masterful Spring 2014 line embodying digitally engineered prints painstakingly overlaid with acid-hued lace, broderie anglaise, and sequins—look fit for a futuristic garden party and prove that Pilotto and his co–creative director, Christopher De Vos, are indisputable masters of merging cyber savvy with couture sophistication.
Leading members of today’s plugged-in generation of designers, Pilotto and De Vos are acutely aware that there’s more to life than $5,000 dresses.
In a photo published by Elle, Pilotto and his co–creative director Christopher De Vos pose with models showing off a drop-waist dress, a cropped tee, a pencil skirt and what appears to be a romper. The looks nearly 70 in total, adapt hyperreal floral and geometric graphics ready made for a weekend in Montauk.
For the American chain they found new ways to effect kaleidoscopes. “We chose a couple of prints and used
???seams to achieve an engineered color silhouette,” Pilotto explains.
They debut in Target on Feb. 9, 2014, so be sure to check in with your local Target store manager to ensure you’re first in line when these wildly expressive threads drop!
KNIT SWEATER BREAKDOWN
Oh the weather outside…it’s cold and getting colder. This time of year thick layers of wooly knits are your smartest sartorial companion, and we found the latest crop of knitwear names to know. We crossed the globe — and the Internet — to find the top 4 designers you’ll want to cuddle up to this winter. First up:
Growing up in a household of crochet and knit-fanatics, Lithuanian-born designer Laura Theiss always knew her career path would involve a needle and yarn. Theiss’ signature style blends sporty meets sexy structured silhouettes and a knack for knitted patterns..
Xiao Li’s 2013 graduate collection for London’s Royal College of Art caught the eye of fashion and design editors alike. Blending marshmallow volume and texture with pretty pastels and classic
???cable knit, Li takes the heavy-hand of knits into more of an effortless, fashion-forward wearability. A-men. Who knew Marshmallow texture could be so fun and fashion forward?
With her sculptural hand-made designs, Sandra Backlund explodes the humble heritage of ‘knit one, purl two’ into gallery- worthy creations. The Swedish designer was picked in 2008 to be the protege of Vogue Italia’s Franca Sozzani for the Protege Project in Florence. Continuing her foray in high fashion Backlund has created special knit pieces for Louis Vuitton and Emilio Pucci.
?London-based designer Amina Martucci is bringing the easy going
??vibrancy of streetwear to knitwear design. Her degree collection
?from Ravesbourne college, entitled ‘Strange Fruit’, explored African
?culture and the physiological effects of slavery, resulting in tie-dyed
?prints inspired by the Rorschach inkblot test and over-sized knits for
?men and women. So vibrant and bold indeed!
Founded by brothers Matthew and Alex Orley, and Samantha Florence (Matthew’s fiance), in 2012, Orley’s menswear aesthetic pairs classic silhouettes with youthful design. This translates into of bold patterns in muted shades and elegant shapes. For the ’70s man in you, their fall 2013 collection pulled from the ???minimalist abstract artwork of Frank Stella and E.A. Seguy’s insect paintings.
So, if you’re looking to SPICE up your knitwear this winter, be sure to check out all of these amazing and thought provoking designers!
The Bow Tie
Well, winter won’t be her forever, and upon taking a look ahead at some of the spring 2014 collections, we’ve concluded that now is the perfect moment to polish up on your ribbon-tying skills. Once a favorite of French sirens Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot, the decorative hair bow seems poised to make a modern comeback.
Here is a photo caught at Paris Fashion week on the street from a very saavy fashionista:
Street-style star Hanneli Mustaparta, says, “It’s like when you wear your boyfriend jeans. You need to pair it with something more feminine,” she says of striking the right XX/XY balance.
Other notable fashionistas who have been sporting a bow of late include:
And The Duchess of Cambridge
I don’t know about you ladies, but if the Kate is bringing the bow- tie back, you know it’s a trend on the rise! As for where to buy the right swath of knottable fabric, a trip to the nearest trimmings store holds endless possibilities in terms of print, finish, and color. And if going to the Garment District is out of the question Check out: Etsy.com and browse under Women’s accessories and hair, OR another fun website is: Coveryourhair.com!
Charlotte Perriand’s Beach House
Well speaking of putting a bow on things, we wanted to conclude our coverage of Design Miami/Art Basel, by highlighting a very fun cottage that was many years in the making!
Despite the charm and cleverness of its design, the house was never built—until now.
?In 1934, Charlotte Perriand won second prize in a contest, run by
L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, to design an affordable
Nearly 80 years later, Louis Vuitton, whose spring-summer 2014 women’s collections are inspired by Perriand’s legacy, has brought her maison to life. The house took its debut last week at Miami’s Raleigh Hotel as part of the Design Miami festivities, during which it will be for sale through Sotheby’s.
This house is a classic example that fashion designers get inspiration from everywhere. And I encourage you to continue to find inspiration in every area of your life as you plot your daily fashion and stylish pursuits.
?Her sketches for a “maison au bord de l’eau,” or beachside cottage,
?show a simple, square structure built of wood panels and glass doors,
?the rooms arranged around