>> 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."
There's a trend that's suiting up to be big for Spring 2012: full-on, flirty printed suits are looking like a thing, and we're not hating on it. It's a bold look for sure, and one that we've seen on the runways of Peter Som, Cynthia Rowley, and Prabal Gurung — not to mention celebs like Zoe Saldana, who wore a sexy short suit on the red carpet recently. It's a fashion risk, but one that will likely pay off. So tell us, would you rock a printed suit?
Peter Som is always an upbeat show, full of color and print, and Spring 2012 delivered that within a collection that suggests what might happen if Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama, and Rachel Bilson became mashed up into one fun-loving, totally polished lady with an edge. There was a '60s vibe in the colorblock coats with pointed collars, high-waist swimsuits, round sunglasses, and floral pantsuits. The women strutted down the runway in platform loafer pumps in seafoam green and patent leather white. Plastic floral necklaces sat atop prim crewneck sweaters and were paired with deliciously fun feathered skirts. Finally, there was a decidely sport edge via jackets in techno twill and lightweight anoraks that were designed to wear over skinny pants and heels.
- Trends: Sporty, '60s, colorblocking, florals.
- Colors: Red, yellow, teal, seafoam green, pink, blue, florals.
- Key Piece:Floral pants (with matching jacket!), leather shift dress in yellow, the feather dresses.
- Accessories: platform loafer pumps, plastic floral necklaces.
- Who Would Wear It: Someone who wants to amp up their classic style with color and humor; think Michelle Obama or Rachel Bilson.
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>> "Courtney Love meets Julie Christie; a rich East Village girl who's a bit of a mess," stated hairstylist Eugene Solomon backstage before the Peter Som Spring 2012 show earlier today at Milk Studios. It was an acurate description, not only of the hair — which was side-swooped and puntuated with Kool-aid-hued strips — but also of the collection itself, with it's updated '60s silhouettes, vibrant hues, Charlotte Olympia-designed platforms, and chic-surfer mood. "I really wanted to convey the strength and energy of downtown in the prints, the tweeds, all the things that I love," Som explained. To that end, there were cropped pants in large-scale photo-florals, retro-tinged bathing suits in zebra-head repeats, collarless jackets in graphic houndstooth, and high-shine skirts in canary yellow. The buoyant mood on the runway was matched only by the first-day-of-school vibe in the front row — Tommy Hilfiger, Taylor Tomasi Hill, Amanda Hearst, Bryan Boy, and Joanna Hillman were there, as was Anna Dello Russo who chatted with seatmate Hanneli Mustaparta.
The president and FLOTUS wrapped up their trip to the UK, and Michelle Obama gets a perfect report card for her chic, spot-on looks. If you missed her outings, from the creamy Tom Ford gown to her Peter Som dress and jacket, click our slideshow for a look at Michelle's stellar UK appearances. We humbly believe we have the most stylish first lady in the world.
Even while we're fully immersed in the Fall '11 collections, the beginning of March has me thinking all things Spring. I've been eying the past Spring '11 runways and the brights they brought in the form of these flirty frocks from Versace, Matthew Williamson, Peter Som, and so many others. This is a different kind of LBD necessity, so forget the little black dress and allow me to introduce this season's must-own little bright dress. The colorful options are limitless, as are cuts and silhouettes, though we recommend keeping it short and sweet to soak up the sun. Just shop my picks to get the look.Left to right: Versace, Peter Som (middle two), Matthew Williamson.
The blazer is a classic staple that can be worn from the office to a sleek cocktail party. We took a cue from a few of our favorite runways, including Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant, and Peter Som, to give you three completely different ways to wear this menswear-inspired jacket. Whether you want a rock and roll vibe or want to continue on with the minimalism trend, here are three fresh ways to wear your favorite blazers. A big thanks to Nordstrom.com for providing the wardrobe selections. On Allison: Topshop jacket, House of Harlow necklace from Endless.com.
The blazer is a classic closet staple that can be worn for so many different occasions. We took a cue from a few of our favorite runways including Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant, and Peter Som, to give you three completely different ways to wear this menswear inspired jacket! Whether you want a rock and roll vibe, or want to continue on with the minimalism trend, here are three fresh ways to wear your favorite blazers! Thank you to Nordstrom.com for providing wardrobe selections. On Allison: TopShop jacket, House of Harlow necklace from Endless.com