Peter Pilotto designers confirm plans to pause brand

Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos have confirmed they are pressing pause on the Peter Pilotto brand. Earlier this week, editors at WWD published a report suggesting the designer duo, who co-founded the London-based label in 2007, were taking a break…

Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos have confirmed they are pressing pause on the Peter Pilotto brand.

Earlier this week, editors at WWD published a report suggesting the designer duo, who co-founded the London-based label in 2007, were taking a break from the company.

And on Thursday, the pair issued a statement confirming the news was true.

“After 12 exhilarating years of collaboration, Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos have decided to take a break and pause their eponymous brand Peter Pilotto,” a statement posted on the brand’s Instagram page read. “During the imminent break, Peter and Christopher will reassess all aspects of the future of the brand, it’s (sic) structure, business model and operations.

“Commenting, Peter and Christopher said, ‘We have loved working together and love what we have created with Peter Pilotto. The brand is a true blend of our passions and creativity, but we need time to pause and rethink before we explore our next steps in this rapidly changing world. We are excited about our next phase, whether separately or jointly.'”

In the caption, the pair also thanked fans of the label for their support and praised their investors for confirming that they will continue to own the brand.

Mad Men star January Jones offered up her support in the caption, writing, “(Love) U both! And excited to see what’s next!” while Blue Crush actress Kate Bosworth posted a series of heart emojis.

According to WWD, the duo recently filed paperwork to have the brand’s holding company, Pilotto De Vos Ltd., removed from the Companies House database, the official register of U.K. businesses, which means it will cease to exist.

Members from the Peter Pilotto design team were reportedly laid off late last year and a pop-up shop, which was due to remain open in London’s Mayfair district until May, has closed. The designers didn’t present a fall/winter 2020 runway show this month.

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Peter Pilotto suspends label – report

Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos are reportedly putting their Peter Pilotto business on hold. The designers, who co-founded the London-based label in 2007, have reportedly filed paperwork to have the brand’s holding company, Pilotto De Vos Ltd., r…

Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos are reportedly putting their Peter Pilotto business on hold.

The designers, who co-founded the London-based label in 2007, have reportedly filed paperwork to have the brand’s holding company, Pilotto De Vos Ltd., removed from the Companies House database, the official register of U.K. businesses, which means it will cease to exist, according to WWD.

A source close to the label told the publication the duo has “decided to take a break and pause the Peter Pilotto brand. The plan is to take some time to reassess the future of the brand, its structure, business models and operations.”

The designers have not made an official comment on the report, but the insider added that an announcement will be made once a decision about the future of the company has been finalised.

Members from the Peter Pilotto design team were reportedly laid off late last year and a pop-up shop, which was due to remain open in London’s Mayfair district until May, has closed. The duo also didn’t present a fall/winter 2020 runway show this month.

Following the brand’s launch in 2007, Pilotto and de Vos made a name for themselves with their bright prints and colourful patterns. Their career highlights include scooping the 2014 British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund and designing the wedding dress for Princess Eugenie, who got married in Windsor, England in October 2018 in a white Peter Pilotto dress with a wide V-neck, revealing back, and long train.

The brand had also appeared to be in a period of expansion, having unveiled luxury homeware, handbag, and accessories collections last year.

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Martha Hunt: ‘I feel empowered by my scoliosis scars’

Martha Hunt got to discuss her insecurities with fellow scoliosis sufferer Princess Eugenie when she met the British royal last year (18).Model Martha might be known for her catwalk strut, but growing up, the American had to deal with having a curved s…

Martha Hunt got to discuss her insecurities with fellow scoliosis sufferer Princess Eugenie when she met the British royal last year (18).

Model Martha might be known for her catwalk strut, but growing up, the American had to deal with having a curved spine.

And like Eugenie, who proudly showed off her surgery scar in a back-bearing Peter Pilotto wedding dress when she wed Jack Brooksbank in October, Martha has also undergone surgery to correct the condition.

“I do feel empowered by my scars. I think they are a symbol of strength, all scars are beautiful and they tell a story, a very triumphant one, about oneself,” she smiled to Grazia magazine.

“It was very inspiring and made me so proud (seeing Eugenie). When I had the opportunity to meet her in London, over the summer, we discussed some of the insecurities we had as young women dealing with this illness, so seeing her wedding gown was so important because scoliosis was getting representation, because when we were younger, we didn’t hear anybody talking about it so openly.”

The Victoria’s Secret Angel began her fashion career after being discovered in her home state of North Carolina. She has gone on to work with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana.

And while she loves talking about work, she’s also happy to be vocal about scoliosis.

“If we don’t talk about something then we won’t be able to ‘see’ it. And if we don’t see it, it almost doesn’t exist,” the 29-year-old sighed. “But scoliosis is a real issue and I want to keep the conversation going. (I hope) my story helps (others with the condition to) feel less lonely, but also to keep the faith that they will be able to accomplish their dreams.”

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Zac Posen shares new photo of Princess Eugenie in her second wedding dress

Zac Posen sent Britain’s Princess Eugenie a late birthday message, shedding light on the friendship they formed after he designed her second wedding dress.Eugenie, who turned 29 on Saturday (23Mar19), married Jack Brooksbank in October at St George’s C…

Zac Posen sent Britain’s Princess Eugenie a late birthday message, shedding light on the friendship they formed after he designed her second wedding dress.

Eugenie, who turned 29 on Saturday (23Mar19), married Jack Brooksbank in October at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle – the same venue in which her first cousin Prince Harry wed Meghan, Duchess of Sussex five months earlier.

For her nuptials, Eugenie donned an elegant white off-the-shoulder gown from Peter Pilotto, before changing into a blush-pink design by Zac and his team.

“Every now and then you meet somebody who just knocks your socks off,” Zac began his Instagram post, next to an unseen photo of the pair together on her big day. “This last year I got to know a young lady who possessed natural elegance, a heart of gold and sophisticated humor. My studio and I had the honour (and the best time) collaborating with her on her special gown. Best of all she is dedicated to using her privilege to help our world and its people with her project @the_anti_slavery_collective. Happy Birthday! @princesseugenie.”

In an official post from Eugenie’s father The Duke of York’s Instagram account the day after the wedding, it was revealed Zac was inspired by the beauty of Windsor and the surrounding countryside when creating the stunning gown.

“The White Rose of York is subtly embroidered on both the shoulder and back which hold together the cape,” the photo caption also read.

Eugenie accessorised the draped plisse silk dress with diamond and emerald drop earrings, which were a wedding gift from her new husband, and a hair slide that belonged to her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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Princess Eugenie weds in elegant Peter Pilotto wedding gown

Princess Eugenie has chosen an elegant white off-the-shoulder gown from Peter Pilotto for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank.The British royal, who is the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, arrived at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, England on Frid…

Princess Eugenie has chosen an elegant white off-the-shoulder gown from Peter Pilotto for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank.

The British royal, who is the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, arrived at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, England on Friday (12Oct18) morning, where she stepped out in a dress designed by Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.

Eugenie worked closely with the design duo on the long-sleeved ballgown, which features a corseted bodice, a full pleated skirt as well as a number of meaningful motifs.

“The low back feature on the dress was at the specific request of Princess Eugenie who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis,” a royal spokesperson explained in a statement. “The symbols are a Thistle for Scotland acknowledging the couple’s fondness for Balmoral, a Shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the Bride’s Ferguson family, the York Rose and ivy representing the couple’s home.”

Eugenie, 28, wore the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, lent to her by The Queen, with the headpiece featuring brilliant and rose cut diamonds set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side, as well as diamond and emerald drop earrings which were gifted to her by Jack.

She completed her outfit with satin peep-toe heels by Charlotte Olympia and a bouquet comprised of Lily of the Valley, Stephanotis pips, hints of baby blue thistles, white spray roses and trailing ivy.

Eugenie’s sister and maid of honour, Princess Beatrice wore a blue outfit by Ralph and Russo and a hat by Sarah Cant, while their mother Sarah, Duchess of York chose an emerald green ensemble crafted by local Windsor company Emma Louise Design and carried a vintage Manolo Blahnik bag.

Jack, who was very emotional as his bride walked towards up the aisle, donned a traditional three-piece suit.

Other members of the royal family suitably dressed up to the nines, with The Queen choosing a pale blue suit and hat, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wowing in a fuchsia dress, and her sister-in-law, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex turning heads in a navy blue Givenchy coat dress.

Over 850 guests were in attendance at the wedding, including a number of A-listers. Naomi Campbell stepped out in a black and white dress with a feather trim along with matching fascinator, diamond jewellery and black gloves, while Kate Moss opted for a navy and white polka dot suit, which she complemented with a veiled headpiece.

Actress Liv Tyler looked lovely in a navy blue tailored suit, Pixie Geldof stood out in a bubblegum pink cape dress from Celine and Demi Moore was the epitome of elegance in a burgundy dress which she complemented with a coordinated fascinator and purse.

Robbie Williams suited up in a three-piece blue number and his wife Ayda Field dazzled in a light grey suit, with the couple’s six-year-old daughter Theodora acting as one of Eugenie’s bridesmaids in the ceremony. Other standout outfits included the tuxedo and top hat worn by Cara Delevingne, the floral print dress sported by Sofia Wellesley, the wife of singer James Blunt, and the baby pink ensemble donned by Holly Vallance.

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Molly Goddard scoops 2018 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund

Molly Goddard has been named the winner of the 2018 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.The London-born designer, who is quickly building up a reputation for dresses featuring sheer elements and layers of frothy tulle, scooped the prestigious prize at an e…

Molly Goddard has been named the winner of the 2018 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.

The London-born designer, who is quickly building up a reputation for dresses featuring sheer elements and layers of frothy tulle, scooped the prestigious prize at an event held in the British capital on Wednesday night (02May18).

Regarding Goddard’s win, British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful said in a statement published by the publication that the judging panel were impressed by her focus and work ethic.

“Molly Goddard is an original. She has a singular vision and an extraordinary focus that has propelled her label to an international level,” he shared. “A playful edge and a strong DNA make for a singularly off-beat formula. She is the definition of talent and what Britain does best in this creative industry.”

Established in 2008, the fashion fund aims to discover new talent and accelerate the growth of a designer’s business over a twelve-month period through mentoring and the awarding of a cash prize of $271,000 (£200,000).

Goddard beat out Huishan Zhang, David Koma, Rejina Pyo, as well as Marques’ Almeida’s Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida and Le Kilt’s Samantha McCoach, who were all shortlisted for the award.

The 29-year-old launched her brand in 2014 on a tight budget and has since gone on to garner a number of celebrity fans including Rihanna, Adwoa Aboah and Zendaya.

And the fashion star is amazed at the pace with which her label has grown.

“We made money from making and selling clothes. It’s hard,” she told Vogue. “It is difficult to not owe anyone money and not to lose any money – that in itself is an achievement. We decided to just take it really slowly, and it’s amazing that it worked.”

In 2017, the prize was shared between two recipients, Mother of Pearl and Palmer Harding.

Previous winners of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund include Christopher Kane, Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, Peter Pilotto and Sophia Webster.

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Jourdan Dunn leads fashion stars at Swarovski event

Jourdan Dunn was among the guests at a party celebrating a decade of Atelier Swarovski.The supermodel looked stunning in a high-necked, embellished fringed dress by Peter Pilotto which she paired with nude sandals, and styled her hair in a tousled bob …

Jourdan Dunn was among the guests at a party celebrating a decade of Atelier Swarovski.

The supermodel looked stunning in a high-necked, embellished fringed dress by Peter Pilotto which she paired with nude sandals, and styled her hair in a tousled bob while rocking a natural, dewy make-up look.

Jourdan, who is a global ambassador for Swarovski, later posted a photo from the party to her Instagram account, which showed the 27-year-old posing with Nadja Swarovski and British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful.

“Party on a Monday night? I’ll take that!” she wrote in the caption. “Thanks to @nadja.swarovski for bringing together some of the best designers and some of my favourite people #AtelierSwarovski.”

The event took place in London on Monday night (19Mar18) and was also attended by human rights advocate Bianca Jagger and Scottish designer Christopher Kane.

Nadja, founder of Atelier Swarovski and great-great-granddaughter of Swarovski founder Daniel Swarovski, also shared Jourdan’s image to her own Instagram account, and was full of thanks to all those that came to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the brand, which has previously collaborated with fashion moguls including Karl Lagerfeld and Giles Deacon.

“Thank you to all our collaborators and friends who came to @phillips last night to celebrate ten years of #AtelierSwarovski,” she wrote. “It was wonderful to have so much inspiration and creativity in one room.”

She also gave a special mention to author Bronwyn Cosgrave, who edited Brilliant: The Story of Atelier Swarovski, a book launched to coincide with the milestone, and set designer Simon Costin, who created a special exhibition in honour of the brand.

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Mary Katrantzou channels Victorian opulence in fall 18 collection

Mary Katrantzou presented a Victorian infused fall/winter 2018 line for her London Fashion Week show on Sunday (18Feb18).Taking her cues from textile designer William Morris, famous for his patterned wallpaper, Katrantzou showed off a new collection fu…

Mary Katrantzou presented a Victorian infused fall/winter 2018 line for her London Fashion Week show on Sunday (18Feb18).

Taking her cues from textile designer William Morris, famous for his patterned wallpaper, Katrantzou showed off a new collection full of draped material, brocade prints and deep buttoned jackets, reminiscent of a Chesterfield sofa.

The Greek designer explained in her show notes that the line, titled Interior Lives, was inspired by “the beginnings of modernism – its roots in William Morris, up to the Bauhaus”.

Katrantzou mixed muted hues with splashes of colour, seen in her tapestry style dresses and ornately draped gowns.

Ashish and Peter Pilotto also showed in the British capital on Sunday, and both design houses went big on colour.

Ashish Gupta injected his usual sense of fun into proceedings, creating a line full of technicolour and glitter. Striped sequins were the order of the day, with models wearing stripy dresses, jumpers, and trousers in Ashish’s go-to embellishment.

The designer also showed off his cheeky side, changing the American Express logo to American Excess and Mastercard’s to Masturbate, all in his signature sequins. Glittery florals, tassels, and flowing skirts also featured heavily.

At the Peter Pilotto show, held at London’s famous Tramp private members club, the audience took in the new season clothes while sitting on round tables and sipping champagne.

Loose, flowing material was seen throughout; on floor-sweeping dresses right through to feminine suits.

The bright palette was consistent too, with design duo Pilotto and Christopher de Vos mixing block colours with bright prints.

The show had a real ’70s vibe, though Pilotto commented that another decade also influenced the line: “We like the idea of this whole opium, psychedelic, thirties opulence, with the prints.”

London Fashion Week continues on Monday with shows from Roksanda, Erdem, and Marques’Almeida.

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