24 posts tagged "Peter Som"
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.
Using hand-sewn Mexican fabrics supplied by Museo Textil De Oaxaca, the designers behind 12 different lines, including Eddie Borgo, Wes Gordon, Thakoon, and Michael Bastian, have each created limited-edition pieces for tonight’s Project Paz gala and silent auction in New York, which will raise money to promote peace in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. “It was important to me to get involved because the level of violence that occurs in Cuidad Juárez is truly inhuman,” Peter Som tells Style.com. Of the design assignment, Som says, “There weren’t any guidelines —the fabric was a beautiful canvas for me to create with.” What he made was a dress using fabric from the town of Pinotepa de Don Luis, with touches of his spring rose print.
Of his design, Phillip Lim says, “I think all too often society is very dismissive of technique and artisanal history —they take what they want and discard things very quickly —so I wanted this piece to respect tradition. I tried to do this by having the biker jacket embrace the Rebozo —it almost has it in its arms.” Here, Style.com has the exclusive first look at the designs, photographed by Ruven Afanador. The pieces are available during and after the event on L-Atitude.