22 posts tagged "Peter Som"
“It’s a combination of all the things I love,” said Peter Som of his debut capsule collection for Anthropologie. Anyone who’s familiar with Som’s punchy, feminine womenswear range knows that the designer has a particular fondness for floral prints (evidence: Fall 2013). So it’s no surprise that his eleven-piece line—which, priced between $128 to $360, features flirty frocks, easy summer skirts, a maxi dress, and more—is full of bright, blossoming patterns. “The collection has that off-kilter, patchwork, kind of magpie sensibility. It’s about a quirky elegance,” offered Som, who’s also working on a forthcoming accessories capsule for the retailer. On the fauna front, a tried-and-true Som favorite—his Spring 2012 zebra-head print—lent itself well to the playful eccentricity of Som’s Anthropologie wares. “I’m of the Diana Vreeland school of thought,” said the designer when asked about the zebras, which appear on a sweet little sundress and a tank. “Zebra is a neutral.” Available online and in stores from May 17, Som’s youthful summer looks debut above, exclusively on Style.com.
Label: Tabitha Simmons
Need to Know: CFDA Award winner Tabitha Simmons has made a habit of turning to her English roots or her family for inspiration. This season, it was a photograph of her grandmother’s cottage that got the creative juices flowing. The ivy that crept up the cottage’s walls became her emerald green Fall print, which appeared on killer lace-up-back sandals and sweet satin pumps, the round toes of which were garnished with little bows. Warm black, midnight, and red velvet heels and flats also had a certain English charm; however, the designers’ holographic snakeskin heels that changed color in the light looked like they came from some futuristic paradise, rather than old Britannia.
Simmons, who has also created Fall ’13 shoes for Creatures of the Wind, Peter Som, and Giles, has, like many of her peers, abandoned the platform completely. Boots, pumps, sandals, you name it, all came with flat soles. And many of her wares featured pointed toes. Other highlights included bejeweled sandals and ponyhair boots in leopard—a print that, according to Simmons, is as timeless and essential as black.
She says: “I’m feeling very point point point point flat flat point!”
Where to find it: Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-a-Porter.com
Earlier this month, Peter Som announced that he would not be holding a fall ’13 catwalk show during New York Fashion week. As it turns out, that was only partially true. Som just revealed that he will be presenting his Fall ’13 collection online, rather than live, this season. The show will air at 9:00 a.m. EST on KCD’s outlet, digitalfashionshows.com. But Som isn’t alone. This afternoon, KCD announced that the website, which was launched last year exclusively for industry professionals, will also air shows for Pierre Balmain and Alexander Plokhov. Furthermore, for fist time since the site’s inception, the public will be able to log on and watch the Fall ’13 collections march down the virtual catwalks.
Considering that while a runway show lasts about twelve minutes, the images and video from the show remain in cyberspace, well, forever, it makes sense for some designers to go digital. And it’s no secret that online shows can reach thousands, if not millions, of customers, giving brands more advertising bang for their buck.
Peter Som alums Marina Polo and Britt Cosgrove launched their contemporary label SVILU (short for sviluppo, which means “growth” or “development” in Italian) for Spring ’13. The designers are following up their praiseworthy debut with a sophomore collection that evokes prep-school uniforms and Ivy League campuses. The duo went the extra mile and actually shot the lookbook at Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History (those taxidermied grizzly bears seen in the background (above) really make the tartan plaid jumper dresses and varsity jackets pop). Polo, who attended Central Saint Martins and apprenticed at Lesage in Paris, and Cosgrove, who previously worked in VIP public relations for brands such as Prada and Hogan, are focused on making approachable, everyday pieces “that will take you anywhere.” Canvas pants with clever tuxedo details have “as many pockets as we can sneak in,” said Cosgrove at a preview this week. The entire collection is made here in New York City from sustainable materials, including recycled wools and cottons. It’s difficult to argue with environmentally friendly fashion. It’s also difficult to argue with an adorable logo like the SVILU porcupine. “We really wanted a fun but badass mascot to stand behind,” they said.
SVILU is currently sold at specialty boutiques. The Fall collection retails for $110 to $850. Visit SVILU’s Web site for more information.
It was announced today that Peter Som has canceled his Fall ’13 womenswear show, which was slated for February 8 at Milk Studios in New York. A representative for the company confirmed that Som is designing a Fall ’13 collection, but it has not yet been determined how or when he will present it.
Som, who launched his line in 2001, is known for his punchy prints and feminine approach to sportswear. He formerly designed for Bill Blass (from 2007 to 2008) and, for five seasons, consulted on Tommy Hilfiger’s women’s range. Som broke off the partnership before Spring ’13. We have reached out for further information, but Som has yet to comment on his decision to forgo fashion week.