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Peter Som: Bold Roses, Zebras and Hula Fringe

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Peter Som Spring 2012 Interview

The A-list front row at Peter Som has come to expect a pick-me-up each season in the form of masterfully mixed prints, and this season did not disappoint: Som's cheer arrived this season in the guise of primary colors, gleefully oversize herringbone, and zebra prints.

According to Som, the collection was initially inspired by the graphic, high-contrast paintings of artist David Schnell, though the repeating zebras found on several graphic patterns were a take on the wallpaper at the recently-closed New York institution, Gino's. Appearing first on a silky blouse, the Zebras popped up again on a retro, high-waist bikini.

The show started strong, with jumbo graphic roses in shades of blue and pink and orange rendered on dresses, coats and prim trousers. A far-reaching palette of deep, candy hues was found on T-shirt gowns, color-block coats, embossed leather, and pantsuits.

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