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Peter Som

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MADCAP HAPPY

Milk Studios burst with a dazzling array of vibrant colors, painterly prints, glittery surfaces, and textured fabrics in a collection Peter Som described as “madcap happy.”  Inspired by Jacques Henri Lartigue’s iconic photographs of Jazz Age resorts, Som presented a collection of vacation-ready bugle-beaded briefs, embellished striped sweaters, and sparkly leopard brocade shorts that recalled the carefree boardwalk culture of the 1950s.  Big bows for blouses as well as pencil skirts, prim lace jackets, and gathered and knotted shifts provided workplace and cocktail hour options sure to please the feminine soul.  The designer accessorized these confectionery delights with chunky necklaces and belts, effectively adding a slightly harder edge.  After a slew of financial problems in the past year, spring found Som return to form, with an irresistible blend of quirky but classic sportswear.

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  • Whitney

    I think Peter Som’s show was one of the best of the NYC bunch. He went just far enough with each of his design directions, each idea ending at exactly the right point. The collection is fun, flamboyant, and impulsive without being obvious or gaudy. When I read that the designer described it as “madcap happy” in your summary, any loose ends left were tied up and another layer of his visual concept became fully exposed. The “madcap” theme of the line is refreshing because the ideas are clear, but not over-thought or over-exposed. I love the balance between the girlish color palette and the ladylike shapes. I also like that he added sophistication to the more in-your-face embellishments by creating less expected pattern, print, and color combinations. Accessory details that give clarity to historical references are also nice.

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