39 posts tagged "Peter Pilotto"
In her review of the Spring ’11 Peter Pilotto collection (pictured), Style.com’s Maya Singer takes issue with some of the ladylike dressing trends that have been swirling around the Spring collections in New York and now in London. “So many of the new ‘ladylike’ collections come off as a rebuke,” she writes. “Straighten up! Button that blouse! Cross your legs! You can practically feel some headmistress of the zeitgeist rapping your knuckles. Too many designers are not so much making clothes for grown-ups as admonishing their customers to grow up. The effect, ironically, is infantilizing.”
Pilotto and Christopher De Vos’ collection is held up as an exception—they’ve “figured out that looking like a lady doesn’t have to mean dressing like a priss”—but many of the studiedly proper collections we’ve seen over the past few weeks do have a bit of a schoolmarm vibe. That said, after several seasons of body-con dressing, they also come as a bit of a well-kempt relief.
What do you think? Are you ready for the new proper dressing, or do you miss the romper-stomper regalia of seasons gone by?
What works in New York won’t always work in London, but fair to say that collaborating with some of the city’s hottest young designers on limited-edition denim is good business here and across the pond. So following J Brand’s Proenza Schouler jean collab, CEO Jeff Rudes decided to extend the work-together spirit in England, too. The 5×5 project calls upon five of London’s best designers and labels (Christopher Kane, Peter Pilotto, Richard Nicoll, Meadham Kirchhoff, and Erdem) to put their spin on J Brand’s wares. Kane went camo (hey, we’ve been feeling that print, too!), Nicoll put in leather panels, Meadham Kirchhoff patched a rough-and-tumble boy-cut pair, and Pilotto got powdery, and Erdem—for his first denim design—chose soft blue florals. Each pair is available at a single London retailer (from Harvey Nicks to Browns), but stateside admirers can get them at Jeffrey New York and Intermix Online this Friday.
Pictured above, clockwise from top left: Jeans designed by Christopher Kane, Meadham Kirchhoff, Peter Pilotto, Erdem, and Richard Nicoll.
Nicholas Kirkwood was in Hong Kong this week to launch his new space in On Pedder at Joyce, the city’s go-to accessories mecca. But the real excitement wasn’t about real estate—it was the sneak peek he gave of his latest collaboration, with the estate of eighties Pop artist Keith Haring.
“I watched this documentary called The Universe of Keith Haring, and though I know his style, I hadn’t seen the breadth of his work. I couldn’t stop thinking about how amazing and prolific he was and how great it would be to incorporate his graphics into my designs,” Kirkwood explained. “So I ended up approaching the Keith Haring Foundation. I had to really sell them the product, but I think they’re pretty happy with the end result.”
So are we—especially as this collection of 12 styles features the very first Nicholas Kirkwood ballerina flat, perfect for those who can’t quite pull off his androgynous lace-ups or are too practical to don his vertigo-inducing heels. The Keith Haring by Nicholas Kirkwood range will be available worldwide in February 2011, but for those who can’t wait, there’ll be a NK treat at London fashion week in September. Kirkwood will be launching an eight-day pop-up shop online, where his collaborations with Rodarte, Erdem, and Peter Pilotto will be available for pre-sale, with the promise of an early delivery to beat the shop floors. “I’m quite excited to see how sales works online,” the designer says of his first foray into direct sales. “I know a lot of other brands have done it successfully, so we’ll see how it goes.” We’re willing to bet—very, very well.
Good news for Boy-lovers—that’s Boy, Scott Sternberg’s womenswear counterpart to Band of Outsiders (pictured). If you’re a fan of Sternberg’s classic American styles but not a fan of his designer price points, you will soon have Girl, a lower-priced range that will debut in September. [Fashionologie]
Less good news for another fashionable Scott—Scott Morrison, founder of Earnest Sewn and creative director of Evisu. WWD reports that Morrison is exiting the denim company, which is moving its operations from New York back to Hong Kong. [WWD]
Recognize the prints in Peter Pilotto’s Fall ’10 collection? Squint carefully—several are blown-up and barely recognizable versions of archival Liberty prints. [Dazed Digital via Racked]
The young stars of the moment—from Katie Holmes, who plays Jackie Kennedy in the forthcoming Kennedys biopic, to Ashley Greene, who hopes her Twilight character will dress a little more Jackie O in the upcoming vamp sequel—are loving Jacqueline Kennedy’s style. So don’t be surprised if they turn up as bidders at Bonhams’ Pioneers of Popular Culture auction, where several of the former First Lady’s jewels are to be auctioned. [Vogue U.K.]
Marc Jacobs once thought of downplaying the Louis Vuitton monogram, but then he thought better of it and now admits it was “very stupid.” Glad we’ve settled that, then. [Vogue U.K.]
If you’ve ever wondered what camera your favorite style bloggers are using for those hi-res JPEGs of denim selvedges and atmospheric party shots, here’s your answer. [The Moment]
One of the oddest—and yet intriguing—collaborations we’ve heard of yet: Peter Pilotto for Kipling (i.e., the plastic-monkey backpack company). [A Shaded View on Fashion via Refinery 29]
And not technically fashion, but noteworthy nonetheless: Tina Fey was awarded the 2010 Mark Twain Prize for humor. [People]