Economic forecasts be darned, Peter Som’s runway was a joyous, eclectic, high-end romp that heralds next season with feel-good, look-good clothes for saucy types who want to be noticed.
Up first, flowers – there are no shrinking violets, but roses of the sci-fi variety – emblazoned on pants, coats dresses and swimsuits, sometimes topped off with white or vibrant solids.
Too much? No problem. Silky frocks (long and short) in cobalt, tangerine and lipstick – some with lace insets – simmer, but take it down a notch. Quieter still and sporty: the perfect denim A-line and a sleeveless khaki trench dress topped with a built-in cropped matching anorak.
Tweeds and slim, classic silhouettes were ladylike, retro even, but overall, Som’s fashion focus leans toward high impact – hence, the fabulous fringe and feathered jobs (one in shocking fuchsia, no less), shiny eel trouser skirts in deep pink and ochre, and the graphic black-and-white zebra head print that is sure to be coveted next spring.
AP photo from Peter Som show