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Peter Pilotto’s Big Win

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peter pilottoPeter Pilotto is having quite a year—and it’s only February. Today, Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos, the digital-print masters behind the brand, have won the 2014 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, which includes a yearlong mentoring program and hefty £200,000 grant. Pilotto and De Vos were up against ready-to-wear designers Emilia Wickstead, Mary Katrantzou, Osman, Zoë Jordan, and House of Holland, and join the ranks of previous winners like Christopher Kane, Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, and 2013 champ Nicholas Kirkwood, who sold a majority stake of his brand to LVMH less than a year after his victory. With a hotly anticipated Target collaboration hitting stores on February 9, Peter Pilotto’s potential for total world domination is looking good. If Target’s website crashes, they’ll know they’ve really made it.

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Wearing the Pants and the Skirt, too. A New Feminist Movement? Nope, It’s Just Spring ’14

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Skirt Pants

Forgive us for saying that it seems like designers get together pre-season to discuss ways to flummox journalists: “Let’s do floral, let’s do neoprene, let’s do trapeze, and, to really freak them out, let’s all do it together.”

Fashion conspiracy theory? Probably not, but there is just a hint of truth in it. “I don’t think we pull out these uniform ideas from the ether just like that,” Maria Grachvogel told us backstage at her Spring ’14 show. “We all have our inspirations and references, and sometimes, it all just collides, then we telegraph messages to each other without meaning to. I guess it’s a controlled coincidence.” One of those coincidences this season is the skirt-pants combo. Raf Simons played with the look in his Resort ’14 collection for Dior, and now, London designers have rolled with that ball.

The style opened Osman Yousefzada’s Spring ’14 show. His iteration offered a beautiful white lace overlay (above, right). Simone Rocha produced a pair in a very hip, plasticized crochet (above, center), and Roksanda Ilincic crafted hers in an elegant stiff pleated silk gazar. Meanwhile, Grachvogel presented a dress-trousers hybrid in flowy, diaphanous silk (above, left). Such designers as Naeem Khan have also been up to bat, but being Indian, it should be all but instinctive for him. Said Yousefzada backstage, “It’s the classic kurta silhouette that’s been going on for centuries in India—it’s as ubiquitous as the sari. I can’t figure out why it has taken so long to catch on here.” After this season, we’re guessing that will change.

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Tom Taps Top Talent, Beckham Borrows, And More…

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Tom Ford is reportedly building his women’s team by poaching top designers from Alexander McQueen and Givenchy. Hard to blame him. We’ve always said the guy had good taste. [WWD]

Speaking of good taste, speculation is running rampant that Victoria Beckham “borrowed” the design for her column gown from fellow English designer Osman Yousefzada. Reached for comment, Yousefzada seems to be taking it all very graciously, as you too might if Victoria Beckham got your line more press in a single act of plagiarism than you had in its entire existence. [Vogue UK]

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy will take some time out of her busy French first-lady schedule to guest-edit this Saturday’s edition of the French mag Madame Figaro, which will include sketches by Jean Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld. [WWD]

And from the Department of Really?!: Balmain makes hair extensions, and has for about 40 years. [Styleite]

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