Peter Pilotto Fall 2013: El Greco

While Mary Katrantzou and Jonathan Saunders may be stepping away from the prints, Peter Pilotto is not. Designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos pushed their signature leitmotif--bold patterns and prints--forward with a collection that was as interesting as it was consistent.
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While Mary Katrantzou and Jonathan Saunders may be stepping away from the prints, Peter Pilotto is not. Designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos pushed their signature leitmotif--bold patterns and prints--forward with a collection that was as interesting as it was consistent.
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While Mary Katrantzou and Jonathan Saunders may be stepping away from the prints, Peter Pilotto is not. Designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos pushed their signature leitmotif--bold patterns and prints--forward with a collection that was as interesting as it was consistent.

The work of 16th century painter El Greco provided the inspiration for the collection's intricate patterns. It also was the basis of the palette, which was refreshingly and unapologetically bright in a season full of navy and oxblood--we spied red, yellow, and blue with hints of pink and teal. But the designers continue to prove how savvy they are: To keep their prints from going over the top, they simplify elsewhere. The most successful dresses in the lineup were close to the body and longsleeved. The different panels of pattern (pattern-blocking?) provided all the body contour needed.

While the dresses were beautiful, the real star of the show was the outerwear, like cropped puffer coats done up in the brand's signature prints, paired with similarly patterned skirts. You'll have to be pretty ballsy to wear it come fall--but then, we have a feeling Pilotto and De Vos wouldn't have it any other way.

Photos: IMAXtree