Dear Shaded Viewers and Diane,
Childhood memories in a box: a tiny plastic hourglass filled with pink sand, missing tassels redrawn by hand and small toys from Kinder Surprise replacing the original, long vanished wooden pawns. Nowadays the laboriously organized pleasure of only truly hardcore fans (I hear you, Steven), board games were not so long ago a reliable presence in every household’s pantry. What might come across to today’s youth as almost inexplicably boring was then a matter of endurance and resilience, of logic and chance. A sentimental look back, however, was nothing like what Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos had in mind when drafting their winter 2015 collection, which finds its feet in the palette and labyrinthine motives of Snakes and Ladders, Captain’s Mistress and Ludo, and features chromed cabochon buttons that could be lucky keepsakes from a memorable Pinball game – but ends up reaching further, in a much more timely fashion: with sensible outerwear in wool or brushed jacquard, the duo’s signature trim silhouettes, precious embroideries and appliques and classy milky hues, all steadied on sturdy orange heels by faithful collaborator Nicholas Kirkwood.