Som, who is known for effortlessly chic womenswear, attended a Saturday morning cooking class led by Adour Alain Ducasse pastry chef Sandro Micheli. There, the Manhattan-based designer told Women's Wear Daily about his home-baking hobby and affinity for cooking. "I watch Food Network like it's [the only thing on] TV," he said, adding, "I used to bring pies to the office. I can't eat them all myself."
The class was difficult for even the most advanced of home cooks: "Wow, he's intense," Som said of his teacher.
Within two hours, the 10 students had created madeleines, financiers, chouquettes, chocolate chip cookies, pâtés de fruit à la fraise, and absinthe-flavored marshmallows. I've long been an enthusiast of Som's designs, but had no idea that he joins the likes of Kate Winslet and Mandy Moore in his culinary affinities. Are you a fan of any other celebrities who cook?
There's a way to liven up the red carpet, then there's a way to blow it up. Michelle Monaghan blew through the premiere of Up in LA. Her technicolor Peter Som dress and cotton candy pink Casadei heels were perfect for this lighthearted event and look especially sweet against the balloon backdrop. But no need to walk a red carpet to get Michelle's sassy look. Just remember to limit your technicolor to one item — otherwise you'll end up looking more raver, less glamour girl.
Highlights from Inside the 2009 Costume Institute Gala: Gisele Dumps Galliano for Versace, Carine Roitfeld Showed
>> Despite all the drama before and after, the Costume Institute Gala itself furnished plenty of notable and quotable moments; for those who were wondering, Carine Roitfeld did attend, even though it was reported that Julia Restoin-Roitfeld would not.
Gisele Bundchen pulled out of John Galliano's table at the last minute, choosing to ride in with the Versace camp instead; it sounds like she might be returning as the label's Fall 2009 face — the New York Times reports that her custom Versace dress "was conceived while she was modeling for [Donatella’s] next ad campaign." Helena Christensen, meanwhile, joked of her Zac Posen dress, which read "Vogue," the V formed by a plunging neckline: “It’s so I can remember whose party I’m at."
And while Kate Moss was on hostess duty (and presumably her best behavior) for Anna Wintour, she still managed to be herself, pulling a big wad of gum out of her mouth when asked about being a muse: “I’m amused. I think it’s quite interesting for somebody to go outside of the box and think that a model actually has had some input into fashion. A lot of the time, the models don’t really get a say.”
Peter Som signed on to work with Milan based clothing manufacturer, Margon, showroom ADC, and public relations firm KCD.
Rumors have resurfaced that Oliver Theyskens is a contender for the creative director position at Halston.
Tom Binns might be interested in expanding his company by taking on a financial backer and partnering with Target.
Between losing Peter Som and its couture business, the house of Bill Blass endured major drama last year — but there's a light at the end of the tunnel. The latest news indicates that Alexander Wang, our favorite designer in '08, has dropped his namesake line to be the new creative director at Bill Blass. Sources revealed Som — pictured left with Wang — was in uproar when he heard the news describing Wang as, "A backstabbing friend who would do anything for the right amount of money." Yikes!
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>> Although she rarely gives interviews — except for, you know, the lengthy one in The September Issue and that profile she's supposedly doing for 60 Minutes (rumor is their cameras were following her again at the amfAR Gala Thursday night), so maybe she's changed her mind — Anna Wintour sat down with Rachel Dodes of The Wall Street Journal right before New York Fashion Week for a quick fashion state-of-the-union-interview.
But before we get started, a sidenote — the coat she wore Thursday (left) looks to be from Peter Som's Fall 2009 capsule collection, so methinks he will be taken care of just fine. Now, among the interview's highlights:
Now is not the time to look "too Dubai."
I don't think anyone is going to want to look overly flashy, overly glitzy, too Dubai, whatever you want to call it. I just don't think that's the moment. But I do feel an emphasis on quality and longevity and things that really last.
She won't name names, but some designers aren't making clothes that are worth the price tag.
In the [Vogue] Index pages we are looking more rigorously at price and value and asking, 'is something worth that particular price tag?'
A thing that wasn't worth it? Without naming names, we had a little sequined thing that wouldn't come down to here on you [points to chest.] And I said, 'How much is it?' $25,000. I said, 'No. We're not going to photograph that right now.'
>> INSIDER WIRE —All things aside, Peter Som seems to be enjoying his break from the Fashion Week grind — since he doesn't have to be stressing out and working on his finishing touches like usual, he's been hitting the shows — John Bartlett, Costello Tagliapietra, where he was laughing and chatting front row, and Prabal Gurung, to support his former design director at Bill Blass. Vera Wang, on the other hand? Not so lucky: Today, she was "a little bit crazed . . . because my favorite fabrics haven't even arrived yet. So far we're absolutely nowhere on this collection, I would say we're about 8 days away and nothing is working." [WWD, Style File]
Peter Som whipped up a Fall 2009 collection, literally, at all costs--His persistence and optimism certainly shone through in this collection, which called up his favorite prints and silhouettes in a happy amalgam. WWD thought the pieces were better off on their own (still, a compliment to Som) but we kind of like them styled this way. Women may not want to dress like this every day but everyone's entitled to a "what-have-I-got-to-lose" moment now and again.
>> A LITTLE TURN ON THE CATWALK —Peter Som's chaotic whirlwind of a season has brought out the quirk in his designs — the full self-financed capsule collection of 16 looks he produced for Fall 2009 is up, with more odd color combinations and pattern clashing than he's dared to do before — think bright digital graphic-patterned dresses, tiger-printed mink, and dual-tone pink and purple neck warmers mixed in with his usual Fall tweed. [Style.com]