Pieter’s gender-bending aesthetics and minimalism made us fall for the designer instantly. This topped with a slighty more sexed-up collection for AW16, had us weak at the knees. With T-shirts fronting an “HH” logo (standing for high and horny – how risqué!) and a sweater inscribed with the word “cruise,” this collection was less minimalist, more statement making as the garments referenced the infinite joys of gay culture. The sleek and structural designs and colour contrasts balanced this seamlessly making for a collection that was fun, powerful and thoroughly on point. With both an irresistible sense of wear-ability and clothes that found the perfect meeting point between subversive and conservative, Pieter’s work has a little something for all men (and we’ve got to admit, us gals in the office are pretty keen too!). We stole Pieter pre Sunday’s presentation at London Collection’s Men for a 60-Second quick fire round of questions to see what he has in store for us at the end of the week.
60 Seconds With Pieter
London Collections Men is edging upon us and Pieter gives us a sneak peek at this season’s inspirations and moodboard images.
Last season was about cruising, are you picking up that thread again this time?
For me last season was more about Robert Mapplethorpe and gay semiotics and I think in a way I’m continuing that dialogue but this time I looked at the conceptual artist Felix Gonzales-Torres and combining that with all things that make me think of summer.
Who is the pin-up/ideal customer for this season?
Tony Ward in Hustler White
What was the starting point for this collection?
I remembered this image, a work by Felix Gonzales-Torres of a platform with lights that for only 5 minutes a day a gogo boy would appear on. I didn’t know much else about him and reading about his work there were so many ideas that resonated with me and that I wanted to incorporate it in the collection.
What beats are playing in the studio while you’re designing?
Lana Del Rey’s – High by the Beach and Rihanna – Needed Me
The piece and detail you’re most proud of?
I’m really excited about the embroidery we did and the knit we are developing.
The trickiest part of the design process?
Not to overthink, just do.
Your least and most favourite thing about LC:M?
Least favourite would be how it’s over before you know it. And favourite thing would be the buzz, the high.
Sum up this season in three words!
Sex, drugs and summer.
Your goals for next season?
Have you all wearing this season.