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.
No year is complete without a few outrageous fashion trends, and we asked you to weigh in on which one had you scratching your head the most. After counting the votes, it was pretty clear that overstuffed gorilla sleeves were the craziest runway trend of 2011 — we saw the look on the runways at Peter Som, Rag & Bone, and Giles, to name a few, making for a pretty unforgettable — and hard to pull off — fashion fad. We wonder what wacky wardrobe pieces 2012 will bring?
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.
It's a real treat to see runway fashions presented in other ways than on showroom hangers or department store aisles. Take, for instance, Clark's Botanicals' new limited-edition Peter Som For Clark's Botanicals Travel Kit ($59). It features a bold floral-print clutch from Peter Som's Fall 2011 collection, but it's what's inside that will have you doing a little happy dance.
Included are: two Ultra-Rich Lip Tints; Ultra Rich Lip Balm; deluxe samples of Smoothing Marine Cream and Intense Radiance Mask; and sample packs of Nourishing Youth Serum and Anti-Puff Eye Cream. Not only is it one pretty, posh deal, but the set would make the perfect stocking stuffer for you or someone else.
>> Tommy Hilfiger continues to up his fashion ante — with the help of Peter Som, and this time, Karl Templer, who was listed as creative consultant/stylist for the show. "Pop Prep," as the Spring 2012 collection was dubbed, incorporated an abstract camouflage print, shirttail hems on boxy dresses, and suite of loose colorblocked caftans; in sum: a cross between an "homage to the 60s" and "a Technicolor interpretation of the prep classics Tommy Hilfiger is known for."