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Brief Published: 24 Feb 2015

LFW AW 15/16: Peter Pilotto


Peter Pilotto’s Autumn/Winter 2015-16 collection at London Fashion Week offers a contemporary take on folkloric – a key trend to emerge from the New York and London shows.

Based on childhood board games, from Snakes & Ladders to Ludo and Connect Four, the collection offered strong direction for surface pattern and decoration as well as outerwear.

Folkloric is a trend we are seeing emerge strongly after seasons of sports minimalism. Burberry Prorsum, Tory Burch and Preen and are just some of the influencer shows pushing a decorative, folk aesthetic in line with the 70s trend that continues to dominate the catwalks.

 Pilotto’s use of sports colour-blocking as a base for folk patterns and craft techniques give his collection a contemporary edge – a strong trend that has relevance for interiors as well as fashion.

  • Folkloric Decoration: Abstract embroidery and appliqués and swirls of colour updated fine gauge and brushed knitwear, as well as fit-and-flare 70s-style dresses and pencil skirts.
  • Statement Outerwear: Abstract jigsaw-style cut-outs in shiny appliqués and short-pile fur turned 70s coat silhouettes into statement pieces.
  • Summer Palette: White dominated much of the collection, with surface decoration realised in retro pastel shades. The summery palette added a seasonless quality and a contemporary update to the folkloric theme.