For Fall/Winter 2014, Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos fixated on hybrids.
More specifically, the design duo aimed to blur the lines between prints, embroidery, and knits. Delicate hand-beading and pearl embellishment, vibrant patterns, and mesh and neon nylon banding details – you name it, the designers tried it this season. You can understand why: The Peter Pilotto brand has carved out a niche for itself as the go-to label for digital prints, and a hybrid collection has the advantage of referencing a dynamic, more experimental dimension of the brand in the hopes of preventing the label from being pigeonholed or viewed as gimmicky. However, from a sweep of fur to a collage of alpine prints, the collection lost the trademark sense of restraint that has earned the designer’s accolades in seasons past. Case in point: the first look of the show, an unstructured maroon turtleneck sweatshirt adorned with a variety of intricate embroideries and purple fur trim lining. Ultimately, the design duo’s execution of the hybrid reference for Fall/Winter 2014 felt a bit lacking in the usual streak of simple-silhouette-plus-trippy-print elegance that we’ve come to expect from the brand: proving, well, if it ain’t broke – don’t hybrid it.
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