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Peter Som for Bill Blass

by habituallychic

12 . 14 . 07

Even though fashion week isn’t until February, the designers were presenting their Pre-Fall collections this week in New York. Now, I consider myself to be pretty fashion savvy but even I didn’t know about Pre-Fall until recently. These are the clothes that will arrive in the stores at the same time that you are just getting out your summer clothes and starting to sweat. It used to be just a low key affair for buyers and editors but now it’s becoming the bellwether for what we will expect to see on the big Fall runways.

One of the best albeit small collections was designed by Peter Som for the house of Bill Blass. I used to think of Bill Blass as “old lady” clothes but not any more. In his inaugural collection, Peter Som continued Mr. Blass’ sportswear inspired looks but invigorated them with a more youthful exuberance. Something that had been seriously lacking in recent years.

“My starting point was Mr. Blass’ sketchbooks circa 1969-1970. I wanted to update Blass classics with luxury and whimsy,” explained Mr. Som. I always loved the simplicity and elegance of some seventies fashions and these are a perfect homage. I wish I could afford to buy the whole collection but I may have to at least save up to buy that plaid coat! It’s tres chic!

Photos by Kevin Sturman

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  1. Suzy December 15, 2007 | 2:40 am

    Very chic. I love those wide leg pants too!

  2. Cakespy December 15, 2007 | 5:57 am

    I love the Peter Som items. They’re subtle but beautifully tailored!

  3. Habitually Chic December 15, 2007 | 2:45 pm

    Suzy, Those pants are to die for! I wish I were taller so I would look her while wearing them!

  4. Habitually Chic December 15, 2007 | 2:46 pm

    Cakespy, Peter Som is such a talented designer. I can’t wait to check out the clothes in person next year.

  5. Anonymous December 17, 2007 | 6:28 pm

    Way back when, I interviewed with Mr.Blass for an in house designer position and he smoked like a chimney while he perused my portfolio. I did not get the job but have always adored his “lady-like” clothes.
    He had an “old-world” wasp chic way about him!

  6. Habitually Chic December 17, 2007 | 11:39 pm

    Anonymous, what a great story! You are so lucky to have actually met Bill Blass. He’s such a legend. I really hope Peter Som can keep the house going!

  7. George G February 7, 2008 | 11:37 pm

    Pre-fall is actually 41 looks, but style.com only photographed 14. But, oh, you should see the Fall collection that was just shown at 2 today – Peter did a PHENOMENAL JOB, and it was just gorgeous! I was front row and the details were incredible! It should be uploaded up tonight – it’s still very classic, but updated just enough so it’s both very Blass but also very Peter. I think he’s the best successor they’ve had yet, despite my own personal bias for Peter… 😉