Pitti W’s guest designer Peter Pilotto gave the stately Palazzo Borghese a jolt into the future on Wednesday as the London-based label presented its spring 2013 pre-collection. Models stood on circular podiums in the palace’s main salon and their outfits — awash in colorful otherworldly prints — stood out like tropical fish against the dark frescoes and golden chandeliers.
In clean, geometric shapes, sporty minidresses rubbed shoulders with Seventies-inspired wide-legged pantsuits. Some of the textures were lovely, such as an embossed silk cloque, which gave a quilted effect to a printed dress with a flared skirt. The looks combining geometric prints with 3D embroidery were most alluring. They included dresses and flared skirts covered in motifs resembling wheat stalks. Prim white collars gave dresses and tops a purist touch. The label’s sweet-toothed design duo, Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, who served tea and desserts galore at the event, also displayed their print work on carpets throughout the site, and on giant digital screens.