NY Fashion Week Fall ’08. Bill Blass. Great Expectations

February 7, 2008 • New York Fashion Week Fall '08









Summary: I have to admit, I had forgotten Peter Som had taken over the designing reigns at Bill Blass. I quickly remembered when I saw the first few looks go down the runway. Inspired by original Bill Blass lookbooks from 1969 and 1970, the show was mostly evening wear. Even though Blass was probably best know for his suits and sportswear, a lady needs to dress up, right? And let’s face it, it makes for a better runway show. Proving opposites attract, Som experimented with masculine/feminine (power suits, tuxedos pant suits) and day/evening (cocktail dresses, beaded gowns), yet there were some distinct Som details (shimmer, lame, feathers, fringe) thrown in for good measure. For his first showing, it was quite impressive. Now that he has built a base, we look forward to what he does for his next collection. 

Color Palette: white, ivory, cream, melange, amethyst, emerald, steel blue, heather grey, charcoal, steel, carbon metallic, black

Textures & Styles:
pima cotton, satin gazar, duchesse satin, washed satin, hammered satin, silk voile, lame matelasse, peau de soie, eyelash silk, silk jersey, tropical wool, wool pique, double wool, flannel, bird’s eye wool alpaca, brushed alpaca, double-face cashmere, chinchilla, fox, broadtail, mink, ostrich feathers, curled ostrich, jacquard, chine jacquard, houndstooth, tweed, floral print, cherry print, metallic ombre stripe, crystal embroidery, confetti sequin, leather paillettes

Key Looks: emerald fox vest, black tux shirt, houndstooth pleated skirt; melange shimmer tweed trouser suit; antiqued silver eyelash silk cocktail dress; white gazar twill ruffle dress; olived leather paillette embroidered dress; topaz blue washed satin gown; black and white curled ostrich dress; white embroidered ostrich gown

Photos: Wireimage

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