A crystalline tundra, a glacial dreamscape of iced hues with flashes of earth and rich, liquid sapphires – for designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, Autumn/Winter 2016 was an exploration of the Arctic, a journey into its secrets, its polarities. Perpetuating the early ’70s shape so prevalent for the season, the silhouette was midi to long, layering up with guipure lace, exquisite embroidery, jacquard detailing, appliqué and reams of fluid silks.
Ski sweaters were reimagined in lurex, but streamlined to flow into midi skirts, while prints – a mainstay of the house – took their place in floral, patchwork, even harlequin-esque, but always masterfully blended with finer, more delicate details. And final frosting came courtesy of the new collaboration with Atelier Swarovski, with hair jewellery and necklaces sparkling down the runway.
"This design duo’s autumn/winter collection felt more grown up than in seasons past. Moving slightly away from their signature digital prints into embroidered lace accents on beautiful full-length hooded coats and column dresses, they also sent out sumptuous eveningwear looks in luxurious fabrics like velvet and satin," Helen David, Harrods Chief Merchant, said of the show.