Remember that brightly printed dress Mara Brock Akil wore to ESSENCE's Black Women in Hollywood event last year we were all drooling over? Or that funky cut-out, ruffle number Kerry Washington sported during her Django world tour? Both were by Peter Pilotto. Well, the London-based design duo, Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos are now bringing their complex prints to the masses at Target and Net-A-Porter.com, and we caught up with the designers to dish on the details:
ESSENCE.com: Of course we want every last bit of this 70-piece collection, but since we can't have it all what is the one must-have outfit?
PETER PILOTTO: We both really love all of the swim pieces. The cropped swim top is so chic and versatile –– it can be worn with our pencil skirt and canvas slip-ons and look just as good in the city or at the beach.
CHRISTOPHER DE VOS: It’s so fun that women can own swimwear with a matching skirt and top, you can arrive on the beach and take-off a layer, and underneath it’s still the same fun print.
ESSENCE.com: Your collection gives me vacation vibes. What are your packing picks from the collection?
PILOTTO: Yes, the collection is very beachy! As mentioned, we love all the swim pieces but definitely the cropped top and matching skirt.
DE VOS: I agree, the beach tote is also great because it goes with just about everything and is the perfect addition to make vacation dressing simple and chic.
ESSENCE.com: Not everyone can pull off a Peter Pilotto look, but certain celebs like Solange for example, wear your pieces effortlessly. What other celebs really master your pieces?
DE VOS: Everyone who wears our collection masters it! We love seeing how girls style and make our pieces their own.