A runway show with a strong narrative leading us effortlessly through what felt like four summer stories for the Peter Som woman, this designers output and execution continues to blossom, and quite literally this season with a series of blooming flower prints.

The looks strolling down the runway depicted a customer who’s monied but not uptight, who’s happy to mix high with low, sporty with evening and the blue cotton poplin dress, a ruched and creative twist on the classic shirt dress, delivers a clear sartorial message on behalf of any of its future owners – this woman knows fashion enough to seek out experimental and unexpected twists on classic wardrobe standards.

Flowering prints were one of the themes with a warm yellow hibiscus appearing before the finale. This, following shades of chartreuse, avocado, orange, mint, ultra blue and indigo, gives an indication of the impact palette employed by Som. And surely the orchid print, oooh-girl-they’re-short-shorts, are positive encouragement to get working on our derriére’s next spring.

Amongst the textiles were lace, jacquard (everywhere on the runways for a couple of seasons now) and snakeskin with the dyed snakeskin turning many heads during the runway show as it was expertly manipulated into a mid-length coat, an over-sized, short-sleeved vest and voluminous fifties circle skirt.

Appearing as punctuation throughout the entire collection was a wonderful array of accessories. Stiletto’s, made by Tabitha Simmons, mixed flower prints with tough ankle cuffs. Ruched orchid print handbags were worn by slipping a hand through a wrist strap. A symbol of elegance, balance and beauty, Som has chosen to swathe his customers in orchids next summer. Equally his clothing mirrors a kind of purity that orchids possess and this designer is more and more coming to represent a thinking woman who’s healthy, chilled and quietly confident.

Photography by Ed Kavishe/

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