September 15, 2009 New York
This was the designer in colorfully eccentric lady mode, mixing stripey tweeds with all manner of prints and off-kilter fabrics, like a turquoise leopard jacquard. He kept his silhouettes soigné but found ways to give his classic uptown standards a whimsical tweak. "I wanted all the clothes to sparkle," he said. "Every fabric has a little shine." That was true, almost to a look. There were also lots of little details, like the unexpected scruff of safety orange tulle at the waistband of a dress, or the jeweled neckline on an otherwise plain-Jane knit. Throughout, Som was solidly playing to his strengths and to his customer. As for the recent rumors that he'll be putting in some time at Tommy Hilfiger, the designer kept it simple with a smile and a "No comment."