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Peter Som Tones It Down

Friday, 5 August 2011

It’s far too early in the season to be talking about fall trends, but there certainly has been some consensus among the first shows at New York Fashion Week, which have included an abundance of dark and somber designs. There have been great textural coats as well, some in athletic sportswear shapes, at Richard Chai, Wayne Lee and, this morning, at Peter Som, but perhaps that is to be expected after the winter we’ve seen in New York. (Is it a coincidence that both Ms. Lee and Mr. Som showed variations of baseball jackets in luxury fabrics?)
At Mr. Som’s show, the designer, usually known for his painterly mix of bright colors on ladylike suits and dresses, also went with a darker palette, beginning with a twill peacoat, sweater and trousers in a navy so dark it looked black. Instead of playing off color this time around, he played with shapes and composition, mixing several materials in his outerwear and blazers, many of which had furry sleeves on fabric bodies.

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