Christopher De Vos & Peter Pilotto
As you may have gathered from this subtly nuanced post title, last week was all about Peter Pilotto. On Tuesday the uber talented design duo scooped up this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Award, a seriously major achievement by anyone’s standards especially considering that their fellow nominees were OSMAN, House of Holland, Emilia Wickstead, Mary Katrantzou and Zoe Jordan. I was lucky enough to be at Cafe Royal with the great and the good of London’s sartorial community for the official announcement soiree which was lovely, obvs fancy do’s always are. But it was even more exciting for me because I’ve posted about the award since 2011 and always dreamt of getting closer to the whole thing than just reading about it on Style.com! I’d also chosen to wear my beloved Peter Pilotto pencil skirt for the occasion (partially because I love it, partially because I don’t own any Mary Katrantzou or Emilia Wickstead… yet) so felt thoroughly smug about that. Anyway, enough unattractive smugness, that evening was all about Christopher and Peter whose boldly beautiful take on colour, print and eye boggling awesomeness wows critics and consumers alike.
Wearing Peter Pilotto c/o THE OUTNET (available to buy here)
The very next night my eyes were boggled by their talent once again at an intimate dinner hosted by Net-a-Porter to celebrate the Peter Pilotto x Target collection. I can’t even begin to describe my excitement when that invitation arrived! After a very, very long day involving a major uni presentation and many hours spent in an archive all the while feeling an unpleasant combination of grubby and stressed because I’d overslept so badly I hadn’t had time to shower, it was both surreal and wonderful to be slipping into a silky Peter Pilotto number and whisking across town to what I knew would be an incredible evening. The venue was the incredible Dairy Art Building, an achingly cool, architectural triumph of a place with raw concrete floors and neon strip lighting. After walking in (via the photo board for a quick pose, natch) the first thing you saw was a selection of outfits from the collection itself, artistically displayed amongst black glass mirrors. I’m often dubious about high street/designer collabs as you know but this one is frankly brilliant. As in, I literally want all of it and ideally to be a fly on the wall the morning it hits stores. I predict a riot (sorry, couldn’t resist!).
Would like all of these please
Lucy Yeomans, Peter Pilotto, Ben Matthews, Alison Loehnis, Christopher De Vos, Lisa Bridgett
This space also played host to a whole lotta mingling going on. And with fellow guests including the likes of Net-a-Porter Editor, Lucy Yeomans and Business of Fashion Founder, Imran Ahmed it was some pretty fantastic mingling. Aside from ogling the collection,I caught up with fellow bloggers Ella Gregory and Catherine Kallon, chatted about our upcoming Aspinal of London x Glamour Magazine event with Angela Scanlon and indulged in an Instagram session with Kim Hersov and Alison Loehnis.
Me & Angela
Me, Ella Gregory & Catherine Kallon
Me, Alison & Kim
Several hours of mingling later it was time to take our seats and the dining area took my breath away. In the centre of a vast, raw concrete floored room stood a long table, exquisitely decorated with silver candles and delicate crystal goblets (well, fancy wine glasses anyway). Once everyone was happily ensconced with a drink in front of them a troop of model gorgeous waiters filed out and stood behind each seat. The dinner that followed was complete and utter perfection. My only issue was that I desperately wanted to enjoy the conversation and the incredibly delicious meal and it was tricky trying to concentrate on too such delectable things at once. I know right, poor me.
Dinner in action
Peter Pilotto’s 9 piece, limited time only collection for Target will be available to buy on Net-a-Porter from February 9th… Or in stores for those based in the States and have extremely sharp elbows.
Love Ella. X