Peter Pilotto Wins Swarovski Award for Design Innovation: Shop 5 of the Best Looks

Peter Pilotto wins Swarovski Award for design innovation. Shop Pilotto’s designs from left: color block stretch wool wide leg pants; Bolt sequin embellished stretch crepe top; Phoenicia lace mini dress; Ostop floral print top; Geo floral print shorts; Gilder dress; paisley print shift dress (all Peter Pilotto)

With the inauguration of the Swarovski Collective Prize, we have an inaugural winner! Claiming the award for innovation in design is Peter Pilotto, the brand known for its swirling prints and bright colors. With the award comes a 25,000 euro prize for Pilotto, and for us, an extra incentive to stock up on the designer’s colorful collection. From psychedelic dresses to pretty floral separates, we can’t think of a better time than spring to bust these beauties out of the closet. A top and trousers will work perfectly in the office, or choose an energetic party dress to go the extra mile. Point is, when designers are awarded for their work, we take it as an investment opportunity. Not that you should be taking financial advice from us… but we’re saying “buy”.

Insta-Critic: Peter Pilotto’s Board Game Confection

The Peter Pilotto show was, as one might expect from the quirky label, an electric cocktail of color and print. Some of the colorful patterns were placed atop stark white backgrounds which gave the impression of the clothes as like canvases for modern art. Pilotto’s playful use of color gave the collection a delightful, child-like feel– appropriate given that board games were cited as an inspiration.

Psychedelic Pilotto prints @peterpilotto #LFW

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Another show for kaleidoscopic colors  



Hot color (or is it colour?) at Peter Pilotto @peterpilotto London continues to love strong shapes and even stronger color

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Draping skirts with pops of neon

Snaps from the British Fashion Council’s Closing Party in LA

Last night, London’s top talent flocked to Mondrian Hotel’s Skybar to celebrate the culmination of BFC’s LONDON show ROOMS debut in Los Angeles. While participating designers like Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou, and Nicholas Kirkwood kicked back some well-deserved boozy beverages, everyone from Hailee Steinfeld (wearing Katrantzou with the designer, above) to Anna Wintour stopped by to show some love. Peep some party snaps after the jump.

image CFDA CEO Steven Kolb with 2011 CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, Joseph Altuzarra.

image More Vogue Fashion Fund finalists: Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie of CUSHNIE et OCHS, and Carlos Campos.

image Designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos with Wintour’s daughter, Bee Shaffer.

image SUNO’s Erin Beatty with Erdem.

image Wintour in deep thought with Jonathan Sanders.

Photos: Courtesy of BFC/WireImage

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Art Basel Countdown: Six Great Art + Fashion Collaborations

Season nine of Art Basel Miami Beach kicks off December 2, which means you’ll be jumping on a plane to check out the country’s greatest art show any day now. While you’re busy planning which exhibits and parties to hit, we’ll be here counting down to the big event with some art-inspired features. To get things started, here’s a roundup of awesome art-meets-fashion items available at Opening Ceremony.

1. MismoAnOther & Colette x Peter Pilotto Mismo Shopper. AnOther Magazine and Paris boutique Colette’s collaborative project with womenswear designer Peter Pilotto takes this classic bag to the next level, thanks to Pilotto’s signature 3D print. $315.

2. VilacKeith Haring Chair. The renowned French toy company was provided with a number of New York artist Keith Haring’s iconic pieces, which produced a brilliant children’s chair that’s guaranteed to become a collector’s item. $155.

3. Mandy CoonGinny Leather Bunny Bag. The New York model-turned-DJ-turned-designer’s leather bunny-shaped bag is cute, a little creepy, and a fun conversation piece. $435.

4. Marina Abramović The Artist is Present. Known as the “grandmother of performance art,” this must-have retrospective traces the prolific career of Marina Abramović, whose work spans over four decades of installations, solo performances, and work with longtime collaborator Ulay. $50.

5. Art Production FundElizabeth Peyton Towel. Elizabeth Peyton’s towel version of her Sid Vicious charcoal drawing was produced as part of Art Production Fund and WOW (Works on Whatever)’s Artist Towel Series, which debuted at Art Basel Miami in 2008. $95.

6. Aurel Schmidt for OCP Tee. 2010 Whitney Biennial artist (and Art Basel fixture) Aurel Schmidt’s exclusive letter tees for Opening Ceremony are based off of the Ace Hotel shop sign she created, which spells out the hotel’s name in beer, blood, and other junk. $60.