INSPIRATION: "Peggy Guggenheim, Miami, and pop art colours," the designer told our friends at StyleList.
WHO WAS THERE: Top editors from all the fashion bibles, plus stylist Annabel Tollman and Clark's Botanicals Francesco Clark
TOP LOOKS: Strawberry marble-print sundress; rainbow graphic-print dress with cropped tomato jacket; tweed cardigan with white sequin skirt; gray washed-leather jacket with floral brocade bikini top and skirt; light-blue brocade dress; turquoise coat with ruffle embroidery
ACCESSORIES: Sky-high platform wedges in matching shades of marbled hot pink and sky blue by Charlotte Dellal for Peter Som
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Following in the footsteps of autumn/winter 2010, Som produced another cool collection that will appeal to both his uptown mama and also his downtown darling. The innovative use of fabrics such as a spring jacket or shift dress adorned with tweed appliqué, puffed floral organza dresses and skirts made to look in bloom, and a turquoise coat with a layer of ruffled organza at the collar are becoming as much his signature as his appreciation for vibrant colourways.
What makes this collection so appealing is not only the fabrication but also the burst of hyper hues. Be they plaid, leopard, or graphic, the prints were all electric. So far for spring, we've seen a lot of white and dove grey, which certainly has its place, but refreshingly not in Som's collection. And certainly a creative magpie like Peggy Guggenheim, whom he cited as inspiration, would approve.