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Brief Published: 20 Sep 2012

London Fashion Week: Masters of Print


London Fashion Week is quickly gaining a reputation as the capital of print, thanks to several big-name designers continuing to impress with innovative pattern and technique.

Designers Christopher De Vos and Peter Pilotto – the duo behind the eponymous label Peter Pilotto – bucked the current climate for pared-back, ‘trendless’ fashion, opting instead for a multi-faceted collection that showcased their unwavering interest in digital print. Clashing florals and leaf prints were overlapped on peplums, ruffles and asymmetric wraps, while intricate beadwork on skirts and latticed tops added texture to the already engaging collection. Silhouettes were mainly ladylike, with voluminous hems and an array of necklines making for an accomplished collection that culminated in a series of dramatic finale dresses.

Likewise, Central Saint Martins-trained Mary Katrantzou wowed with her signature prints, successfully staying true to her aesthetic while also upping her game. There was an exotic feeling of adventure as stamps and holiday postcards were used as the basis for the travel-inspired prints, with flora, fauna and destinations’ names used as focal points for several pieces. Her native Greece was also identifiable through the prints, with depictions of classic Greek architecture used to elongate the lines of her sharp tailoring and flowing gowns.

London Fashion Week ended on Tuesday. Milan Fashion Week is now under way.

London Fashion Week