Easter is at the end of the month and we can't think of a better way to celebrate the festivities than in some pretty pastels. For styling inspiration, we're looking to seven stylish celebs to show us how pastels should be done. One way is with beautiful pastel dresses like Eva Mendes's yellow-and-pink lace Valentino — perfect for Easter Sunday — and Kate Mara's mint green Peter Som dress. While others, like Solange Knowles, provide a sharper take on this powdery finished. Want to see exactly how it's done? Step inside for more light-hued ensembles from Jessica Alba, Naomi Watts, Rose Byrne, Solange Knowles, and Jessica Lowndes.
Peter Som has teamed up with Anthropologie's bridal label, BHLDN, to create a three-piece wedding capsule — two gowns and one minidress — as part of the B-Inspired collection. The best part? It's now available to shop online. Drawing inspiration from his namesake line, he uses his recognizable trademark design to infuse effortless elegance alongside a much more romantic aesthetic. The proof is in the delicate sheer detailing, soft ruffle-front edges, and the pretty floral embellishments at the neckline of his shorter creation. With prices ranging from $1,200 to $3,000, it's the kind of capsule that delivers dreamy wedding-day confections without having to go (too) overboard on the investment.
It's time to kick off your (uber-high) heels, because low heels (3 inches and below) are breaking ground. Seen at runways like Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, and Peter Som, this demure heel height isn't just more walkable; it's also right on trend. Watch our video to check out four pairs that will put a little Spring in your step right now.
Jaime King channeled her inner Lemon Breeland (her Hart of Dixie character) in a pastel-tinged Peter Som ensemble at a Rembrandt beauty event in Hollywood last night. She started off with a baby-blue bustier, which she tucked into a tweed pencil skirt, for a simultaneously sweet yet flirty pairing. She then added a light peach collarless coat, bow kitten heels, and a black bag. In the jewelry department, Jaime went with these Graziela rose pizza earrings ($3,900), this Melinda Maria pyramid bangle ($98), and a matching pyramid ring. Shop our editors' picks to mimic Jaime's perfect pastel style now.
Peter Som delivered a refreshingly colorful collection for Fall '13, exploding with modern prints, metallic details, and chic silhouettes. Cropped quilted bombers were trimmed with statement fur, draped dresses featured vibrant floral prints, while eveningwear showcased dazzling, shimmery finishes. Zoom in on all the details and see the best looks from Peter's latest Fall line in the slideshow.
Courtesy of Peter Som
For Fall 2013, Peter Som examined the intersection of New York style and Parisian chic — a concept that has informed countless designers, but got new life in Som's hands. Inspired by photographer Amy Arbus's pictures of downtown New Yorkers in the early '80s and the overall romance of the City of Light, Som pulled together painterly polka dots, floral prints with blooms edged in acidic shades of red and yellow, leopard, sequins, and fur.
Photos courtesy of Peter Som
Fashion is a fast moving industry, and never has that seemed more apparent than in the last couple days. Actually, scratch that. Never has that seemed more apparent than just this morning. First came news that Betsey Johnson — who had previously said she would not put on a show this season — had "changed her mind." Now there's news that another designer's reportedly canceled show will go on as usual. Sort of.
According to a press release, Peter Som will present his Fall 2013 collection the day after next month's New York Fashion Week wraps, but the show won't take place in real time or in front of a live audience as per usual. Instead, Som will be streaming his show digitally, and in doing so is joining the growing legion of designers who are foregoing classic runway formats for online shows. Other brands to have gone this route in the past include See by Chloé, Pierre Balmain, and ICB by Prabal Gurung — and all shows have been largely regarded as successes.
And why not? The digital format not only allows the industry a little breathing time during a frenzied week, but it also offers a great alternative to designers who may feel strapped by the burden of putting on a traditional show. "It's designed to fall into a budget bracket that is between a static presentation and a full runway show," KCD co-president Ed Filipowski told Vogue UK, in regards to the burgeoning trend. "We're trying to fill a gap; to provide a service and create something in addition to what is already available." With today's designers juggling collaborations, reality TV, cosmetic launches, and mainline collections shown four times a year, it's easy to understand why a digital show would be very appealing.
But this season, that appeal is going mass. For the first time, it won't just be industry folk who can log on to watch the show. Nope, this season everyone and anyone who wants to can have a virtual front row seat. "The log-in response from non-invitees was tremendous and as it continued to grow with each digital show," Rachna Shah, digital managing director of KCD — the agency at the forefront of putting on this kind of show experience — explained in a press release. "It became necessary to respond to our client’s request to open the platform's doors wider for greater exposure."
Peter Som's Fall 2013 digital show will stream on Friday, Feb. 13 beginning at 9 a.m. EST on digitalfashionshows.com. Viewers will also find information about the collection, including an interview with the designer, and backstage beauty shots. Other designers who are showing digitally this season include Alexander Plokhov (Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. EST) and Pierre Balmain (Feb. 8 at 9 a.m. EST).
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We asked Derek Lam, Karen Walker, Brad Goreski, Peter Som, Cushnie et Ochs, and many more: What are you currently listening to and (even better) which songs define your Spring 2013 collection? Listen to the complete playlist below, then click through the slideshow to find out who's listening to what, who's listening to the same thing (you'll never guess), and which songs might just feature heavily on this week's catwalks.
You can always expect a good dose of color on Peter Som's runway. Last year he premiered rose gold highlights on the runway, which became one of the hottest celebrity hair trends for Summer. And for Spring 2013, his downtown girls are sporting an array of color from hair to nails to makeup. Will you be daring enough to give it a try?
The look: Finger-painted makeup, watercolor highlights, and bright French manicures.
The inspiration: Valley of the Dolls and rebellious rich girls.
Who would wear it: The risk-taking, color-loving hip girl with a penchant for imperfection.
Image Courtesy of Wella Professionals