Peter Pilotto and the Target factor

Peter Pilotto: Runway - London Fashion Week AW14

Monday

3:59 p.m.
On my way into Peter Pilotto, sidestepping the usual throng of photographers, I see Tommy Ton draped in something that looks vaguely familiar. He’s busy shooting so I approach his longtime friend, Phil Oh. ‘Is Tommy wearing the same Burberry blanket that closed out the Burberry show just now?’ I ask him. Phil smiles, “Mmmmhmmmm. One of the models didn’t want it so she gave it to him,” he says.

4:15 p.m.
The clothes: they are masterfully constructed exercises in texture, colour and dimension. That’s to be expected from Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos. What catches me by surprise, in a good way, is that there’s less emphasis on their digital prints. Like Mary Katrantzou, the duo has chosen to advance their trademark to someplace new. And similarly, they’ve done it through an intense amount of decoration though with an end result that looks wholly their own. They based the collection on ‘contrasts and extremes’, which is pretty clear. I’d say that they’ve definitely pushed the use of texture to the limit. There’s fur and bugle beads and pearls and sequins and intarsia and jacquards and embroidery — sometimes on a single outfit. Even the puffer jacket, which has forever been limited to boring black and olive green, gets covered in colour, a panoramic mountain vista. That said, a woman doesn’t exactly look to Peter Pilotto for minimalism, and they’ve executed its opposite well. I’m just not sure what this collection will mean for them, right now. These are serious, lofty clothes, which is an interesting move considering that they have a fun-loving, lower-priced collection currently in Target stores. The chasm between the two collections is so wide. There’s extreme for you.

The mood
Serious women, in seriously intricate clothes.

The major trends
Oversized proportions, experiments with texture, and loads of embellishments

What this will mean for your wardrobe
The strong temptation to to invest in beadwork, sequins and fur.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Cabbie tried to sexually assault passenger with kids…

NYPD is on the lookout for a taxi driver suspected of trying to sexually assault a female passenger while her three kids were in the car.

Local

FDNY debuts new fire simulator for blazes at…

The New York City Fire Department christened its newest, state-of-the-art, custom-built simulator at its training academy on Randall's Island Tuesday.

Local

Bronx cop saves baby who stopped breathing

A Bronx police officer is credited with saving the life of a 2-month-old baby who stopped breathing Tuesday morning. Police Officer Johnny Castillo, 38, was…

Local

Brewer celebrates Women's Equality Day with voter pledge

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer celebrated Women’s Equality Day Tuesday by pledging to register at least five women voters before the Oct. 10 deadline. Brewer…

Entertainment

QUIZ: How many English words do you actually…

Are you as smart as you say you are? Are you a word nerd? Take this quick vocabulary test to find out if you're a true wordsmith. Good luck.

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 12,…

If you've wondered whether Ali and Bethany knew each other, you got an answer tonight: Yes, and in a very tangled way. But many lingering…

Entertainment

Cymbals Eat Guitars Have Everything to 'LOSE'

At its most basic level, a rock band can be thought of as a family, a group of people selflessly devoted to a cause. When…

Entertainment

"Bachelor in Paradise" recap: Episode 4, 'Week Four'

Some things are hard to watch in a “Human Centipede” sort of way. Other things in an “American History X” sort of way. Does “Bachelor…

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

NFL

Dimitri Patterson suspended only for rest of preseason…

Dimitri Patterson ended up getting just a slap on the wrist.

Sports

Eugenie Bouchard excited for 'rowdy' fans at US…

Eugenie Bouchard is sure to endear herself to New York's tennis faithful as she tries to win her first grand slam title across the next two weeks.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at…

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at top, Nationals climb

Parenting

Lure your baby to sleep with Maroon 5…

These new renditions of "Moves Like Jagger" and "Payphone" are Maroon 5 like you've never heard them before.

Wellbeing

Who is having the most orgasms?

  Single lesbians report having orgasms more often than heterosexual women but both gay and straight men still come out on top of the climax…

Home

Jonathan Adler shares his tips for a great…

Jonathan Adler took a break from boogie boarding at his beach house to tell us how to keep that Labor Day party festive.

Travel

Most popular Labor Day weekend destinations

Priceline.com released its Top 20 destinations for the end of summer, including Labor Day weekend. If you’re heading to any of these spots, expect a…