Fusing fashion with beauty, as in finding just the right lip or eye to go with a new favourite outfit, is nothing less than a joy. And lucky for us, this London Fashion Week, we got to pair 45 of them as part of a collaboration for Peter Pilotto’s Autumn/Winter ’19 show, along with Inge Grognard.
When we sat down Inge, herself a Business of Fashion 500 member, Antwerp Six affiliate, and long-term collaborator of Martin Margiela, we knew we were in very good hands. Inge is known for her striking view on beauty that subverts modern notions of glamour, an aesthetic that is perfectly complementary to Code8’s own revolutionary approach to beauty.
We started with the clothes, of course – and the ambience. Peter Pilotto designers Christopher de Vos and Peter Pilotto chose a decadent old-school library set-up, taking their show to a special room within the members-only Reform Club on Pall Mall in London.
The clothes were highly iridescent, with metallic plissé maxi dresses and tiered fil-coupe styles with billowy balloon sleeves. For prints, Pilotto and de Vos were inspired by the holographic works and late-1970s patterns of Zsolnay, the celebrated Hungarian ceramics brand. Also echoing of British heritage, checked woollen jumpsuits and skirt-suits were accented with glittering crystals and fused with Lurex thread to fit the party-hardy mood. There were also opulent feathered trimmings on mini bags (where you can store your key Code8 essentials, naturally).