Olivia Palermo has kept a relatively low profile recently but if you're a fan of hers you'll be pleased to hear that she's been all over New York Fashion Week and will no doubt pop up in the other cities too. One of the shows she did attend last week was Peter Som S/S13 where she opted for those Valentino heels that nobody can get enough off with a pair of printed shorts and a simple sleeveless top.
Hailee Seinfeld has been making her rounds at the shows this season and one of the first shows she was spotted at was Peter Som's S/S13 show. For the occasion the actress opted for this green lace dress and black heels.
While the look isn't particularly bad, I can't help but feel disappointed. Steinfeld's outfits on the red carpet have always been so spot on so it's a shame to see her hit a dull note at fashion week, especially as I'm sure that many brands are watching her with the idea of bagging her for a campaign.
Anyone who paid attention at the S/S12 shows will know that printed trousers were everywhere. Designers like Peter Som and Alexander Wang went all out with bold styles but more than anything, florals were the print of choice. While florals for spring aren't the most groundbreaking trend you can think of (Miranda Priestly's comments in 'The Devil Wears Prada spring to mind), there is no disputing that the latest styles are good.
The red and purple Taylor Tomasi Hill-designedLane Crawford trousers were sported by everyone at the shows last season and Stella McCartney's Hawai-style 'Christine' trousers have been seen on everyone from Rihanna to Beyonce. My favourite styles, though, are the MaxMara 'Lodola' trousers because they are the perfect baby step into the trend with the subtle print and the Elizabeth & James option works because it comes in the slouchy pyjama style that I can't get enough of at the moment.
What do you think of floral trousers? Are you convinced?
It's always worth paying attention to the Peter Som show. Last season's collection in particular, set the scene for the block colours and floral trouser suits and prints that we saw in all four cities but this season he decided to go in a different route. Rather than continuing his penchant for colour and edgy style that has won him a legion of fans, Som seemed to want to push his customer in a different direction this season.
Wrap jackets appeared with sculpted cocoon-shaped shoulders in brown and white in what felt like a nod to modern power dressing. Shape was also played with on peplum dresses that accentuated the female form whilst exuding power and confidence. Over the knee dresses often came in sheer organza with peek-a-book elements that were reminiscent of the Fall 2010 Givenchy collection but worked nonetheless. While dresses were the focus, outwerwear was particularly strong too and came in heavyweight fabrics with fur trims in rich wines and brown.
Clockwise from top left: Alexander Wang, Derek Lam, Lacoste, Peter Som, Rag & Bone, Richard Chai Love
Get to know the name Julia Nobis. Although the name may not ring a bell, if you've been paying attention to the S/S12 shows this week you have definitely seen her face. This season, the yound model has already walked for Lacoste, Peter Som, Richard Chai Love, Derek Lam and Alexander Wang.
There was major flower power going on Peter Som yesterday. Having appeared in his resort show, his current love of florals showed no sign of slowing down. Blown up roses came on feminine dresses with high slits and nipped waists with black lace detail along the décolletage. Coming in an array of bright colours like orange pink, canary yellow and blue, the print also appeared on a series of bikinis and crisp tailored trousers and worked really well in contrasting block colours on a simple shift dress. Whether you love the prints or not, Som definitely made sure that you sat up and paid attention.
60s silhouettes appeared on pieces like a mid sleeved white babydoll dress that came pink at the top with a contrasting white collar - something we saw a lot of last season. Colour blocking also manifested itself on looks like a statement feathered multi-tier skirt in yellow styled with a bold pink and orange striped knit top but to break it up, Som introduced a handful of denim pieces and cropped boxy jackets and trousers in houndstooth tweed.
There was something so fresh and modern about the collection. The prints felt special and styled with simple tops in complimentary colours, they instantly felt wearable and the finale evening gowns were the perfect modernisation of old classics.
Citing his inspiration as Miami Beach, Peggy Guggenheim and op art, it's clear that Peter Som is far removed from the issues he faced last year. In the lead up to fashion week last January the designer cancelled his A/W09 show due to Creative Design Studios pulling their financial backing but has since signed a licensing deal with an Italian company and is in a steady position. It became clear in his Spring/Summer 11 offerings that the designer is only look forward and is optimistic about the future.
"I was thinking about bringing joy to clothing," he told Style.com. "To me that's what fashion is all about," and that optimism showed. Prints and colour were everywhere. Floral dresses were styled over purple shirts with bright pink collars, floral shorts came with matching bra tops that could only be worn in Miami weather. Bright blue pinafore dresses appeared, as did a bright blue shorts with a multi-coloured printed sleeveless top. The collection was full of summer dresses all coming in a range of block colours and teamed with sky high Charlotte Olympia heels.
But if like me you usually stick to neutrals and need to take baby steps when it comes to colour, Som provided something for us too. Towards the end of the collection looks featured neutrals but styled with flashes of colour. A black ruffle mini skirt was teamed with a floral shirt with black buttons and a black collar and a white blouse and light blue skirt were given a flash of colour on an orange belt. To end the collection Som showed a series of monochrome looks such as a classic black shift and white draped dress with white and silver horizontal panels.