Kane, Katrantzou…and Peter Pilotto
If you haven’t yet plugged yourself into the ever evolving world of fashion, you may not have heard of Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou or Peter Pilotto. And, to be honest, I am much more high street than I am high fashion. However, KKP have changed all this for me and have grabbed my attention in a way that only Mathew Williamson has been able to do so in the past…They have forced me to take pen to paper (or finger tips to keyboard) in salute of their mastery of colour, print and design…here’s a sneaky peak of what I mean:
Description: Inspired by the shapes and colours found on exotic stamps and banknotes, Mary Katrantzou has given her new collection a two-dimensional symmetry which works wonders – especially when coupled with the A-lines, shirtdresses, shifts, and sheaths that Mary has used as the canvas for her prints. There are even the patterns of a stamp’s serrated edges to be seen on her slimline trousers. Midnight blue, works perfectly alongside white, black and beach colours (like yellow, soft blues and greens). Denim was Mary’s material of choice, but it is almost indistinguishable under the intricate print. The look has a ethnic or even Scandinavian feel.
Description: Plastic clips and chain-mail – but not as you know it. These accessories are made instantly softer and more accessible when coupled with soft pinks and abstract, but subtly printed with grey roses. Dress shapes are fresh and feminine with small waists and blooming skirts. Long dresses are gracefully floor-length and made in pleated crepe. The whole line is a celebration of femininity and is refreshingly flattering and easy to wear. Baby pink and grey create a playful yet elegant look and the fluffy mohair sweaters add to this. The white shirts give the softer designs a bit of an edge.
Description: Peter Pilotto’s latest collection wowed the crowds at London Fashion Week. Taking inspiration from the heavily decorated work of renaissance artists such as El Greco, his designs are colourful and dynamic when worked with sculpted silhouettes and 3D prints. Colour, pattern and shape are contrasted with skill and seem to compliment rather than contradict. The collection features knitwear and lacing techniques with medieval references. Strong yellow with black and geometric print creates a bold statement! Oh, and the fishtail, knee length skirts in silk are the perfect shape for a feminine but bold silhouette.