Bill Blass is getting hip. According to WWD, expect Bill Blass to name Peter Som as creative director
for its women’s division and Michael Bastian as creative director for
men’s later today.
Som will replace Michael Vollbracht, who left the
company in May after four years while Bastian takes on a
Don’t worry! Som and Bastian will continue to design their own namesake collections.
"Each women’s and men’s division will have its own
defined creative vision, and the roles of Peter and Michael will enable
the brand to receive a level of attention in each design area that it
hasn’t had previously," said Robert D’Loren, president and chief
executive officer of NexCen Brands, in a statement.
Som has a history with Bill Blass having been a design assistant at the house in the mid-nineties. When Blass
was unable to attend the Council of Fashion Designers of America
Fashion Awards to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, he asked
Som to accept in his place. Blass died in 2002.
here as a young man, and I worked with him and knew him very well,"
said Michael Groveman, ceo of Bill Blass Ltd. LLC. "We spoke to a
number of people, and he was the strongest candidate. We think he
brings a lot to the table."
Read the full story: "Blass Taps Som to Head Women’s"