Katharine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich served as Peter Som's inspiration for his Fall 2012 collection — specifically, their knack for exuding femininity even when they donned menswear. The show started with a pretty ode to Winter white — monochromatic outfits got a textural punch thanks to cool fabric combinations like wool with organza. The play between masculine and feminine came through via tailoring and textures: streamlined silhouettes were softened with details like eyelet and bonded satin. There were strong sculptural references in the ultra-fitted tops that suddenly burst into waves of peplum, and wrap jackets structured with molded balloon sleeves. And what of the glamour that Hollywood icons like Hepburn and Dietrich were famous for? It came through in the luxe furs, particularly a teal fur coat over a twill voile pant that glimmered under the runway lights.
- Trends: Multicolored fur, balloon sleeves, peplum, architectural silhouettes.
- Colors: Plum, emerald, ivory, ruby.
- Key Piece: The peplum tops are a must have for their mix of fantastic tailoring and femininity.
- Accessories: Aperlai did the shoes, including two-tone pumps.
- Who Would Wear It: Olivia Palermo sat front row, and we bet she'll be wearing the peplum tops next season. Confident, fashion-loving girls who crave a statement piece will dig this collection.
Melding sculptural tailoring with soft details, Peter Som played with the differences between masculine and feminine aesthetics for his Fall collection. He cited Katharine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich, Hollywood icons who mastered menswear, as muses for the clothing. "I wanted to convey a sense of strength and beauty — this collection is about a streamlined and bold silhouette with lots of textural mixes inspired by John Chamberlain and Brancusi." Balloon-sleeved wrap jackets and peplum tops gave pieces a sculptural feel, while the use of organza and fur offered Som fans more glamorous options.
There were lots of gorgeously glammed-up ladies at the LA premiere of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island last night, but one look at Rachel McAdams in her floral Peter Som number and it's obvious who stole the fashion spotlight. How can you not in that slitted floral maxi skirt? It's such an obvious stunner. And we love how the blue tee lends a relaxed air to the red-carpet look. While this ensemble would no doubt turn heads wherever you go, it's not an easy one to pull off in your everyday life. So let's create a more casual version by pairing a bright blue tee with a pair of equally fabulous floral pants, blue pointy pumps (hers are Jimmy Choo's Anouk pump), and a matching blue clutch. Or if you already have a floral maxi skirt in your closet, try wearing it with a matching solid tee to get Rachel's same floral fabulousness.
Showing off Peter Som's Spring-ready maxi at the LA premiere of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Rachel McAdams joined the circle of style setters loving florals. It's not just the print that made us swoon, but the perfect play of proportions and brilliant blue palette we love. Rachel paired Som's understated knit top with the gorgeous full-length print and a few pretty accoutrements to glam up the look for an evening out — though we love that a skirt and top like this could work just as easily with flats and a slouchy tote for day. Feeling florals? Shop our key picks to channel the same stunning style.
>> Peter Som culled influence from '70s film The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and Wallis Simpson for Pre-Fall 2012, resulting in an assortment of prim separates steeped in cheeky Surrealist edge. Lean trousers, mod jackets, crewneck sweaters, and pleated frocks — Som staples — were done up in leather, lipstick-brights, houndstooth, and two knockout prints: a large-scale floating jewel pattern and a sunset floral ocelot. "It's a ladylike approach to dressing, but a little undone," Som explained.
Encompassing a penchant for laid-back elegance, Peter Som has left the industry smitten with his effortlessly beautiful gowns and separates. With fans ranging from FLOTUS Michelle Obama to celebs like Eva Mendes, it's safe to say the San Francisco native has created a buzz worth talking about. Most recently, the designer teamed up with Rent the Runway to offer a few of his party dresses and shared with us his holiday season indulgences, thoughts on East Coast vs. West Coast style, and celebrities he would like to dress. Listen up:On East Coast vs. West Coast style: "It's all about the ease and nonchalance of West Coast style mixed with the high-impact glamour of East Coast dressing. In other words — never look like you've tried too hard (even if you did!)."
On celebrities he would like to dress: "There are so many women who inspire me for their talent, spirit, and confidence! I'd love to dress Cate Blanchett."
On his favorite indulgent holiday treat: "I love cooking and baking so it would have to be my Panettone bread pudding."
On the best and worst presents he ever received: "All presents are great if there's thought behind them."
>> They're making their lists — and checking them twice. Here come the holidays, and who better to spread the cheer than some of our favorite fashionable insiders? From the super-luxe accessories topping Melissa Coker's and Leandra Medine's lists to the souped-up sporting goods desired by Yigal Azrouel and Peter Som, here's a look at what those in the know are coveting this season. See who's hoping for Burberry, who's hoping for Hermes, and who's just hoping for some sleep — plus, glean gift-giving ideas from Anna Sheffield, Lauren Bush Lauren, Derek Lam, Stephanie LaCava, and more — all here, in the slideshow.
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