September 12, 2006 New York
There was lightness in the palette, which ranged from dove gray to buttermilk and was punctuated with patent shoes in "crazy makeup" colors. Generally, Som went in for matte effects rather than shine, and fabrics like Jacquards and burlap parchments added a tactile quality. Watteau backs offered a variation on the trapeze, moving volume to the rear, a conceit that was especially effective in the finale trio of washed organdy gowns. Som's collection stressed evening over daywearnot a lot of this would look right in an officebut then he knows his fans aren't exactly 9 to 5 types.