LONDON--As much as I'd like to ignore Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos' program notes about Fall 2011's "army of youthful revolutionaries" and simply talk about how the clothes looked, I can't. Just a post ago, I made the argument that fashion is art, so why shouldn't this team's art be taken as seriously as what's on right now at the Tate?
Through their mishmash of double breasted overcoats, deconstructed oxford cloth shirts, and distinctive prints, Pilotto and De Vos' collection "subconsciously quotes a century of iconic movements from the Russian revolution to the Paris riots to today's current backdrop of political unrest...." Given the world-changing, life-altering stuff that's going on in Northern Africa at the moment, the theme seems fitting.
And it sure did make for a compelling collection. There's something very fluid about what they design--like there's really no beginning or end. And beyond their extraordinary sense of color and ability to design tough clothes that are also pretty, fluidity is their real strength. Infinity means endless possibilities, which is why revolution exists: the possibility of something better.
**Photos by Imaxtree.