Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos are already having a pretty awesome year. Here in the States, they’re making waves with a buzzy Target collaboration – which hits stores Feb. 9 — and in the UK (where they’re based), they’ve just been named winners of the prestigious BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund, Britain’s equivalent of our CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.
The label beat out Emilia Wickstead, House of Holland, Mary Katrantzou, Osman and Zoe Jordan for the prize, which includes a bespoke, high-level mentoring support program over a 12-month period, as well as a £200,000 ($331,580) grant.
It’s quite a way to kick off the year — a year that we’re pretty sure will see the design duo raising its profile significantly. With the increased recognizability that comes along with a Target collaboration, paired with the funds and mentoring that come with the BFC/Vogue prize, they’re in a position to become a thriving international brand, poised to follow in the footsteps of Christopher Kane and J.W. Anderson. Celebrities seem to have begun embracing the label lately as well, as we’ve seen a handful of their signature prints pop up on recent red carpets.
“They have remained true to their vision of a print and colour-focused brand but have managed to expand and grow the business to a level where they can now compete on an international stage,” said Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue and Chair of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund in a statement.
If this means more of the designers’ beautifully-printed and colorful wares splashed all over the world, then we’re happy.