August 20 2014

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Peter Pilotto Celebrates Success and Looks to the Future


Christopher De Vos, Amber Le Bon, Anna Friel and Peter Pilotto

You know things are good when you throw a party to celebrate an award six months after the accolade was given—just because you are too busy working away. Such was the case with Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos of the label Peter Pilotto, who, along with John Demsey, group president of Estée Lauder Companies, hosted a fete to celebrate the designers’ January win of the 2014 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund—as well as their longstanding collaboration with MAC.

Held at Pilotto and De Vos’ new studio in East London on a rare sunny evening, the party attracted big names, many of whom were still hungover post-Serpentine gala. Amber Le Bon, Caroline Winberg, Tallulah Harlech, Elizabeth von Guttman, and Caroline Issa’s willingness to attend was a testament to the design duo’s pull.

The pair’s Target collaboration that launched in January (one of the rare high/low collaborations that was stocked by Net-a-Porter) was a triumph, with many pieces selling out within. Harlech in particular was fulsome in her praise. “Their detailed embroidery is pretty intense for me to look at—I once lingered in their archive, falling for all the pieces with incredible detail I’ve never seen up close.”

Naturally, winning the Fashion Fund honor has enabled Pilotto and De Vos to grow their brand. “Now we can make key hires and expand our team so we can carry on with our goal of reaching out to a wider global clientele. It has been an interesting road where we learned a lot along the way, so tonight’s dinner is our way of thanking a lot of people who have helped us get here,” offered De Vos. “After all, we came to London as outsiders, and the fashion community here really embraced us early on. We are humbled by the support,” Pilotto added.

Though the brand is best known for its vivacious prints, its journey to success, the designers admit, wasn’t always easy. “People can be very emotional when it comes to print: It can divide a lot of opinions,” said Pilotto. “But we always felt compelled to follow our instincts, and critically, look at shape and structure as much as fabric. We are as much engineers as we are print people.” So what’s next up for the duo? “Our team is five times bigger than when we started, so now we are in the thinking and planning stages to expand the collection to include swimwear and more accessories,” revealed De Vos. “It is a really exciting time for us right now.”

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Monica Vinader and Caroline Issa Seize the Day



“These new pieces are inspired by my mom’s collection of 1930s jewelry and my love of Art Deco—but I’ve put my own little spin on it,” said Monica Vinader last night at Berners Tavern in The London Edition hotel. “I also wanted to keep the price point reasonable because every woman, after all, deserves diamonds.” Given the brisk business Vinader does, it seems many appreciate it, especially her It Brit fans like the Delevingne sisters, Sienna Miller, Ellie Goulding, and Suki Waterhouse—the latter wore Monica Vinader earrings on date night in February with Bradley Cooper to the White House.

Vinader unveiled new pieces in her top-selling Baja collection, including earrings and rings with blue sapphires and emeralds hand-cut by the designer herself, as well as a new bracelet adorned with pavé set diamonds and what is fast becoming her signature: rose-gold vermeil. Cohosted by Tank magazine’s Caroline Issa, the event also celebrated the forthcoming expansion of Vinader’s shop-in-shop at Harrods, as well as the impending opening of a 2,000-square-foot store on Sloane Street. “Business was going so well in Harrods, they asked me if I would consider expanding my space, and it is rather lovely to be asked,” said the designer to the assembled guests. “And I was in the new Sloane Street location yesterday with the architect, and I had to take a big breath. It is so vast and special. I still am having trouble believing it.”

Also pinching herself is Issa, who decided being a management consultant, writer-editor, and model-muse wasn’t quite enough for her. She has thrown her hat into the designing world (hot off the success of her sold-out line of shoes at L.K.Bennett) and will be creating a premium line for a top-tier U.S. department store—a capsule collection that will sit alongside the likes of Stella McCartney and Donna Karan. On the subject of her multitasking, Issa is sanguine: “Careers are so fluid these days. People don’t have to stick to just one thing anymore. I think if a chance presents itself where you can expand your life experience and explore creativity, then why not? It would be crazy not to seize the opportunity.”

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Can Moda Operandi Fix Karlie’s Fashion Heartbreak?


“It changed the way that I started dressing,” reveals Karlie Kloss. The supermodel du jour is referring to a Steven Meisel photograph from the nineties, featuring supes of yore in decade-appropriate matching Chanel tweed miniskirts, jackets, and hats. For Kloss, it was the look that “got away.”

Debuting exclusively above, The One That Got Away is a video series produced by online luxury retailer Moda Operandi, in partnership with St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, detailing fashion heartbreak—that one runway or editorial outfit that you just had to have but could never locate—and how the site can mend your sartorial melancholy.

In addition to the beauty from St. Louis, Moda Operandi has tapped an impressive roster of industry tastemakers to lend their own testimonials, including Anna Dello Russo, Caroline Issa, and Poppy Delevingne (you can also shop the ladies’ latest fashion obsessions). Although, for these women, we’d imagine that the coveted and the wait-listed are never too far out of reach.

The Dorchester Prize Looks to London


A look from Emilia Wickstead's Fall '13 collectionThe royal baby isn’t the only big news out of London this week. This morning, in the Big Smoke, the Dorchester Collection announced the nominees for its 2013 Fashion Prize, all of whom happen to be London-based. Fyodor Golan, Barbara Casasola, Emilia Wickstead (left), and Huishan Zhang will now compete for the grand prize: a 25,000 pound bursary and mentorship, plus a two-night stay at one of the Collection’s über-luxe hotels. The big winner will be revealed on October 29, pending the results of a private catwalk presentation before a panel of judges, including stylist Caroline Issa and designer Daniella Helayel. The prestigious accolade was conceived to help designers in their professional infancy. To be eligible, brands must be between two and five years old. Previous recipients of the award include Thomas Tait and Anndra Neen.

Photo: Courtesy of Emilia Wickstead

Freezing for Fashion


NYFW’s frigid blizzard kerfuffle could have easily sent street-stylers into a tailspin. But the ever-savvy fashion set came up with some clever ways to keep out the cold—Hanne Gaby’s ski goggles, Cara Delevingne’s quirky wool Rasta cap, Caroline Issa’s spectacular Muzzy-esque fur coat, just to name a few. However, despite Nemo’s chilly wrath, some show-goers decided to freeze in the name of fashion. We’ve seen cropped tops, open-toe shoes, and, on one occasion, a bralette worn under a fur jacket as a shirt. The strangest bit about it is that the ladies don’t look the least bit hypothermic. We’re going to chalk it up to wishful warm-weather thinking.