Peter Som courts the next-gen sophisticate

Associated Press Modified: September 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm •  Published: September 7, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — With a look on the catwalk that was simultaneously refined and youthful, starlets Allison Williams and Hailee Steinfeld seemed right at home in the front row of the Friday morning Peter Som show at New York Fashion Week.

Muted floral prints were shown on denim (part of Som's partnership with Earnest Sewn) and the midriff-baring cutouts were carved into ladylike sheath dresses that fell below the knee. A pink orchid-print bustier dress was dotted with a bit of more demure lace.

Standard button-down shirts and a lace T-shirt were jazzed up with jeweled collars.

Olympic gold-medal runner Sanya Richards Ross was there, fully decked out in one of Som's lace numbers. "I love fashion. It's in my genes. If you saw my grandmother going to the grocery store, you'd think she was having lunch with the Obamas. We're always dressed up," she said.

Som is known to play with texture, and he created a colorful patchwork of snakeskin chevrons. The best version was the shift that was mostly a mix of pinks and purples on top, and chartreuse below the dropped waist.

Some silhouettes seemed inspired by the 1960s, but they weren't literal translations. The orange-tweed floral-print swing coat is for the daughter, or maybe the granddaughter, of the "That Girl" generation.

The pants are for the women raised on skinny jeans — and not willing to give them up. The leopard jacquard matchstick ones were practically painted on.

Williams said she was there because Som was a friend. "It's a pleasure to know him personally," she said.

Would her character on the edgy HBO show "Girls" wear the sophisticated wine-colored sweater and pencil skirt she wore to the show? "No, but I am happy to," said Williams.