Peter Som's collections are often cheery, but this season's offerings felt especially exuberant. Som's signature print-mixing was in full effect here, but seemed even more exaggerated -- colorful check mixed with two types of tweed, metallic contrasted with a kaleidoscope print and fur, or in one instance, a tight blue rose pattern paired with an expansive pink rose-print skirt. Makes us wonder if all this print-mixing we're seeing is somehow a reflection of the recession's effect on dressing -- folks are shopping their closets and coming up with new and inventive combinations.
The more luxurious, over-the-top elements packed a wallop: Colorful furs adorned sweaters' shoulders in an almost Highlands-inspired fashion and one hot pink fur coat came all the way down to the knee (looking like a lot of look from where we were sitting). Metallics were also cleverly woven into the tweeds and sweaters, and no one could stop talking about how cool the lipstick the models were wearing looked -- a deep, dark purple.
The only thing more exciting than the collection was probably the style quotient of the front row -- both the Sartorialist and Bill Cunningham were on hand to scope out candidates for street style, and between Carine Roitfeld, several Vogue and Teen Voguegals, there was more than enough to go around.