September 13, 2005 New York
His sailor-girl jackets, culottes, and pleated skirts in twill, silk broadcloth, and seersucker were sweet through and through. Seafarer or landlubber, his clients will want to add long navy cashmere voile cardigans and vests to their wardrobes. One wide-leg sailor pant bordered on clownish, and his blue and gold brocades looked a bit too mature for the social set that lined his front row, but those were minor missteps. After a series of linen evening gowns dusted with crystals or painted with flowers in a manner that Som described as "neither overwrought nor precious," they were easy to forgive.