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Notes From Lucky's Executive Fashion Director: Peter Som Spring 2012

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This morning at Peter Som, Tommy Hilfiger sat front row next to Anna Dello Russo, who was doing her signature thing. (You know, wearing a full on evening look at 10am—a lavender number with plunging neckline and gold sparkles.)

“Why is Tommy at this show again?” editors murmured. Oh, right! Peter is consulting on his women’s line! (Which reminded me of how much I'm looking forward to that show on Sunday at 8pm.) The very pretty blogger Hanneli also sat front row. For as much grumbling you hear about the VIP accommodations the bloggers are getting at shows, I will say that they really do work their vantage point by porting large complicated looking cameras, not totally unlike those at the far end of the runway. They snap away, examining every detail, like very good eager and avid journalists. This is kind of excitement there should be at the shows, which sometimes seems to be fading when you consider other Row 1 occupants.

Anyway, about the clothes: Peter takes classical details and gives them a twist. Houndstooth tweed fabrics, usually seen on the more mature lady set, was used on a trench and an anorak, creating completely original pieces. Bits of black lace were also used in unexpected ways. When a zebra print on silk came around the aisle, you could make out that the print was in fact little Zebra heads—Peter has a great sense of humor. The most remarkable thing about the show was the color. Listed in the run of show as tangerine, citrus, powder blue, pink techno, shocking fuchsia and grenadine, these energetic shades really popped and felt completely new. Peter has a real gift for color.

There was plenty of "blocking," but those colors were also displayed in gorgeous rose prints—either giant or mini. Which made the show altogether refreshing, happy, healthy, but also modern and cool. Which is totally the Peter Som girl.

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