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Peter Som

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CUCKOO CHIC

New York: In a season dominated by solids and muted colors, Peter Som took a calculated risk by injecting bold, clashing jewel tones and exuberant prints into his collection. Inspired by Ang Lee’s recent film Taking Woodstock, the collection promoted a free-wheeling attitude in its mix of every garden-variety floral imaginable with painterly plaids and rich textures including chinchilla, Lurex™-marled yarns, velvet and sequins. For all the boho mismatch, the styling was signature Som – cardigans, pencil skirts, bell-bottoms and prairie skirts were perfectly proper and cinched at the waist. Helmet-shaped cloche hats by Albertus Swanepoel and color-blocked granny boots from Charlotte Olympia completed the groovy duds, evoking a Swinging London street style that was more haute than hippie. Recently announced as Tommy Hilfiger’s newest consultant, it will be interesting to see how Som’s self-described “cuckoo but chic” aesthetic will fit in with the house of red, white and blue.

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