Peter Som enjoys a tremendous amount of popularity, as witnessed by his recent contract with Kohl’s department stores following on the heels of a very successful run with Anthropologie. His spring/summer 2014 looks to continue that trend with a collection that is immensely wearable and destined to be a hit across the US and Europe.
One of the reasons for Som’s popularity is that he understands how to work with bold prints without making them garish or painful. From stripes to diamonds to an incredible blue, black, and white watercolor pattern, this season’s wardrobe is full of prints that infer motion even when one is standing still.
Motion is a big factor here. Som’s line gives the wearer plenty of room to move. As we’ve already seen with other designers this spring, trousers are full enough to be comfortable, flowing and airy, but are also well tailored enough at the hips to not appear frumpy. Likewise, skirts and dresses present a lovely feminine silhouette and still maintain a breeziness that might have one already wishing for the beach.
While shades of black, white and blue are Som’s primary palette for this collection, he does manage to insert a bit of burnt sienna in a couple of pieces that look nice if one has the complexion to pull off that color. For the most part, though, the colors stay surprisingly conservative for spring.
Som does his best to make the spring wardrobe comfortable without getting too terribly daring. There are bare arms and a few bare midriffs, but what few risks he takes are more in how he folds and drapes his skirts and jackets, where he decides to use sheer panels, and putting black shoulder straps on a white dress.
Peter Som plays very, very well in the Midwest. There are no frightening surprises to his clothes. There’s nothing here one can’t wear to a casual lunch and there are even some pieces suitable for work or church. One might almost get the impression the line was designed for Indiana. Who knows, maybe it was.