Peter Pilotto’s Spring 2017 Collection Is Both Tropical and Graceful

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Peter Pilotto's collection was tropical, delicate, feminine, and graceful – four defining characteristics that resulted in a sartorial delight to the senses.

Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos were all smiles at the end of their excellent Spring/Summer 2017 presentation, shown to an intimate audience at their own studio in North London. They had every right to celebrate a moment where their talents for bespoke textile creations and couture-level embroidery united for a collection that was tropical, delicate, feminine, and graceful – four defining characteristics that resulted in a sartorial delight to the senses. Even the most stalwart tomboy in the audience could not deny the magnetism of such a pretty ensemble of breezy lace slip dresses and voluminous color-blocked maxi skirts.

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Opening looks were casual and beachy, as pastel linen frocks were layered with jacquard tops and gypsy bandeaus that encircled the bicep and knotted at the chest. A gleaming gold lace dress with colorful macramé straps led to similar renderings on culottes and a long gypsy skirt, and then these airy fabrics solidified into opaque fabrics finished with floral prints.

A collection this vibrant and energetic leaves little room for grumpiness.

A multi-colored gingham t-shirt dress covered in patches made a pitch for the youth crowd, as did a variety of denim looks which were feminized by crocheted hemlines. One look made a big splash on social media, and featured a color-blocked crocheted top in jewel tones and an oversized ‘sad man in the moon’ patch. The sad man appeared again on an off-shoulder royal blue gypsy dress, but amid all the festive colors and crafty accents, one wonders what he had to feel so glum about. A collection this vibrant and energetic leaves little room for grumpiness.

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