June 12, 2013 New York
Of course, printed dresses are the brand's raison d'être, so this collection wasn't short on them, either. Pilotto and De Vos gave them a subtle Asian spin, reproducing a black-and-white photograph of a seventies ikebana arrangement in glorious color on the bodice of a lace dress, and manipulating traditional temari balls into parabolic prints on others. On different dresses, lush tropical plants seemed to spill over the vertical white lines of a fence. They were quite accomplished, but those kinds of architectural prints have been done before by other London designers. This editor, at least, liked a simpler frock, with laser-cut lace leaves that created a delicately unfurling asymmetric hem.