>> For Fall, Peter Pilotto has joined forces with sporty Belgian bag brand Kipling. The product? A capsule line of eleven bags and five accessories — all in the label's signature galaxy and machine digital prints. The collection, which runs $26 to $98, will be at Kipling outlets and online beginning the third week of September. And Kipling has confirmed that Pilotto and his design partner Christopher De Vos are already working together on a followup Spring 2011 collection.
London based footwear designer Nicholas Kirkwood is partnering with Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos on a capsule collection of fall shoes. The lineup of two styles will make their debut at the Peter Pilotto spring runway show during London Fashion Week this September. Kirkwood has been creating footwear for Peter Pilotto for two seasons, but this marks the first collection that will go into production. Kirkwood has also worked with Rodarte and Erdem on recent shoe collections.
CFDA Awards update: Sarah Jessica Parker will honor the late Alexander McQueen with the CFDA Board of Directors’ Special Tribute Award, and Caroline Kennedy will present Vogue fashion director Tonne Goodman with the Eleanor Lambert Award.
Maison Martin Margiela “20”: The Exhibition opens June 3 and runs through Sept. 5 at Somerset House in London.
>> Kate Bosworth's Stylist Cher Coulter on Being Snubbed by Peter Pilotto —In a feature on stylists in Vogue UK's June 2010 issue, British stylist Cher Coulter, who went to Central Saint Martins and regularly works with Kate Bosworth, Sienna Miller, Liv Tyler, and Emily Mortimer, noted of her red carpet choices: "I like to support the British designers, I do. Like when we put Kate in that pink Preen dress it helped them, I mean, beyond with sales. But I get frustrated with some of them. Like with this dress I'd called in from Peter Pilotto. It didn't work on Kate, so I asked if I could use it on one of my other girls who was going to all the [Oscar] parties. They said no, that didn't work for them, and I felt like saying, get over it boys!" [TFS]
>> Last night's British Fashion Awards provided a forum for all kinds of announcements — Christopher Bailey, who accepted both BFC Designer Brand of the Year for Burberry and BFC Designer of the Year, confirmed that Burberry will show in London again for Fall 2010; and Victoria Beckham said she's planning to take an active role in the BFC that in which she would mentor young designers or serve as an ambassador.
Christopher Kane was awarded BFC British Collection of the Year, Kate Moss won the publicly-voted London 25 Award, Peter Pilotto nabbed the Swarovski Emerging Talent Award for Ready-to-wear, and Georgia May Jagger took the BFC Model of the Year award — "Thank you so much to the BFC for picking me. I'd just like to say [fellow nominees] Daisy [Lowe] and Rosie [Huntington-Whiteley] are amazing girls and amazing models. Thanks to my mum for being the biggest inspiration."
But the model who really stole the night was Karen Elson, who, when onstage to present Grace Coddington with the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator, walked straight into the orchestra pit and fell four feet out of sight. She emerged minutes later, ”I am the clumsiest person on this earth. I cannot believe I just did that. That is the worst fall I have ever had. I might have broken a rib, but I’m fine.” After presenting, she took to the emergency room to see about her injuries — including a sprained thumb.
Alexander Wang Takes Home 2009 Swiss Textile Award; Kate Mulleavy On Why Her Label Is Called "Rodarte," Not "Mulleavy"
>> Alexander Wang is experiencing quite the winning streak — he was awarded the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund of $200,000 last November, the 2009 CFDA Swarovski Womenswear winner this past June, and now he's taking home the 2009 Swiss Textiles Award, a prize of about $150,000, to go towards international development. Wang becomes the second American designer in a row to win the Swiss Textiles Award, following after Rodarte, who were the first American winners ever last year.
The jury this year, chaired by Isabel Toledo, apparently had a tough time making a decision — Wang's fellow finalists this year were Peter Pilotto, Erdem, Thakoon, Alexis Mabille, and Ohne Titel, who will each receive a prize of approximately $6,000.
>> In the space behind a record store in London this morning, Anna Wintour stopped by for a preview, and Peter Pilotto and design partner Christopher De Vos sent out their trademark watercolor prints atop sculptured and draped minidresses. The collection inspired quite the impulse gushing from Another Magazine ("Peter Pilotto — show of the week so far."), Vogue UK ("The Pilotto show has been one of our FAVOURITE shows yet") and Los Angeles Times's Booth Moore ("Peter Pilotto is next big thing out of London."). Wintour's bouncers were so energized by the show, they apparently almost knocked Suzy Menkes over as they rushed Anna out.
Undeniably connected to the season prior but still its own collection, Fall 2009 for Peter Pilotto was about looking closely at nature and the microscopic. This time around the editorial pieces--those completely covered in beading--were actually detachable from the dresses so that customers could buy the bolero, the frock, or both if they wanted. Otherwise, the design duo collaborated with Linda Farrow for sunglasses, Scott Wilson for jewelry, and Jerome C. Rousseau for shoes. Check out a few of our snapshots of the collection along with stills from the runway below.