Gwen Stefani absolutely nailed her September cover of US Harper's Bazaar in what was by far the strongest September cover and now she's done it again on the November cover of ELLE UK.
The magazine has always supported British designers so it comes as no surprise that they opted to style Stefani in one of the tops from Peter Pilotto's Fall 2012 collection. My only wish is that they had opted for a full Pilotto look rather than teaming it with the McQ skirt, even though it is nice to see two British brands on the cover.
Will you pick the issue up when it hits newsstands on Wednesday September 5.
Elizabeth Banks didn't go down particularly well with the fashion critics after wearing that hard-to-pull-off Mary Katrantzou ensemble at the Met Gala but this dress more than makes up for it.
To attend the premiere of her new movie, 'What To Expect When You're Expecting', she chose another leading British fashion brand, Peter Pilotto. The brand's floral printed dress with sheer cut outs was the style of choice teamed with black peep toe heels and an embellished black clutch.
Peter Pilotto and designer partner Christopher De Vos are on a roll. The brand is increasingly being sported on the red carpet in Hollywood and this week Flare magazine dropped their latest cover starring Brookyn Decker sporting one of their dresses from the S/S12 collection. Today the design duo confirmed that that's not the end because next up is Pitti W, as the pair will serve as the guest designers at the event next month.
'We invited Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos because we were looking for a modern approach to feminine elegance that is constant, profound and has the ability to think about itself,' Lapo Cianchi, Pitti Immagine's director of communications, said. 'We saw this in the evolution of their collections, a knowledgeable process that develops around surprising colours, body-conscious draping and light sculpting. It was also interesting to see how the designers' two distinct spirits come together and reinterpret fashion's classic elements.'
The pair will show their pre-spring/summer 2013 collection at the event, which takes place in Florence from June 19 to 22.
Brooklyn Decker has never been someone that I've particularly followed but that all changed recently, as there's no denying that she's pulled some strong looks out of the bag on the promotional tour for her latest film, 'Battlefield.' Her recent cover of Canadian magazine Flare magazine's June 2012 issue simply confirms her winning streak and sees her styled in a strong blue and white printed dress from Peter Pilotto's S/S12 collection.
The cover is strong for several reasons. Granted Decker looks incredible but more importantly it cements that British designers are really making waves internationally. Peter Pilotto is slowly being worn by more and more celebrities in Hollywood but to land a major cover, especially as a relatively young brand, is a definitely a big step in the right direction . Hopefully it doesn't end there.
In a recent interview, Mother of Pearl head designer Amy Powney praised the quality on the British high street saying that brands like Jaeger, Whistles and Joseph are really bridging the gap between the high street and designer lines and often with the same quality - and it's true. Jospeh in particular have been producing great collection after great collection so it comes at no surprise that they have decided to follow Jaeger and show at London Fashion Week.
‘We felt we were ready for the next thing, hence the show,’ a representative from the brand told ELLEUK.com. ‘Shows make such a strong impact, and showing at London Fashion Week was a natural choice as obviously we are such a London-centric brand.’ Last week Peter Pilotto had no qualms in saying that unlike before, London Fashion Week is now the place to be and with strong accessible brands like Joseph joining the show rooster, it looks like things will stay that way.
Earlier on this week Peter Pilottospoke to the Wall Street Journal about how exciting London Fashion Week has become in recent years. 'London Fashion Week is becoming a stronger fashion week,' he said. 'I guess London has realized it has to support its new talent' and if there's someone that's supported young British talent and made that happen, it's Lulu Kennedy.
Yesterday her commitment to supporting fresh design talent through Fashion East was recognised as she was honoured with an MBE at Buckingham Palace. Big names on the London Fashion Week schedule like Jonathan Saunders, Michael van der Ham and Roksanda Ilincic all have Kennedy to thanks for helping kick start their careers. 'Today was such an honour for me and something I will never forget,' she told Telegraph Fashion. "I only wish I had been able to take each and every one of my dedigners with me. I can't wait to celebrate with them this evening.'
Earlier on this week Collin McDowell told an audience at London's Royal College of Arts that London is the most exciting fashion capital at the moment and it's true. Through the support of the British Fashion Council, Topshop NewGen and of course, McDowell's Fashion Fringe, editors and buyers can no longer afford to skip London Fashion Week. In fact, our homegrown talent are getting some of the biggest traction in the world right now.
Take Peter Pilotto for this example. This week the London based design duo visited Saks Fifth Avenue in New York to view a series of windows that the department store has dedicated to their much-loved S/S12 collection as well as their new space on the shop floor. In a conversation with McDowell this week Erdem too said that things changed for him when former Barneys fashion director Julie Gilhart bought his first collection seven years ago and the department store has done so ever since. So the tides are really changing for British designers in the international sphere. Far from just being creative, their collections are actually proving to be commercially viable too.
“A while ago, it was like you had to start in London and try to get out of there as soon as possible and move to Paris or New York,” Pilotto said during an interview at Saks. “But London Fashion Week is becoming a stronger fashion week. It’s great. I guess London has realized it has to support its new talent since there aren’t too many of the big old houses.” When asked about the increasing popularity of London Fashion Week, he said: “People go because they really enjoy seeing it,” not because it’s an obligation or a big advertiser or anything. Everyone who goes there goes because they’re curious. They’re excited to see what’s coming."
It's been a busy social week so far. Monday night saw the CFDA host their annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards and last night everyone came out to tribute director Pedro Almodovar at the Museum of Modern Art's forth Annual Film Benefit. The best look on the night were definitely Miranda Kerr who looked stood out in her zip-up Peter Pilotto top and skirt combo teamed with Nicholas Kirkwood heels.