The fashion industry is definitely a perilous field. Partnerships as well as tie-ups start and end in an instant. This was proven through Peter Som’s current move. Som is known as one of the best young American designers to date. His collections were featured in major fashion publications that include Vogue, Elle, E, In Style and Harper’s Bazaar. As a backgrounder, the young designer was raised in San Francisco. His parents were both architects and both had a Han Chinese ancestry, which he credits for his ideals of purity or form, composition and function. His stated that his main ideals towards his creations were effortless elegance and refined sexiness.
Sadly, he is no longer working with renowned fashion designer, Tommy Hilfiger. After successfully acting as a consultant for five seasons, Som is now dropping the gig. According to the latest fashion news, he confirmed this through an interview with Lisa Lockwood of Women’s Wear Daily. This officially ends the lucrative collaboration between Som and Hilfiger. The designer stated that the parting was made mutually and in good terms. He started as a creative consultant for Hilfiger in 2009 to refresh the image of the label within the United States. Hilfiger would like to work on the company’s image towards luxury customers and bring some modern interpretation to many of the signature styles of the clothing line. During the interview, Som stated that he found it a pleasure to get to know Hilfiger personally. He found the experience an honor and Hilfiger was a wonderful mentor. Som made it clear that he is focusing on his own business and towards other opportunities that were coming his way. On the other hand, Simon Spurr will fill his place for the 2013 spring collection.
Fashion critics were curious towards Som’s shift. For them this might indicate that the famed designer is on the way to expand his eponymous line. Looking at things on a positive note, the fashion industry should expect that Som would bring edgier outfits and trends through his own clothing line rather than working for Hilfiger as a consultant. All in all this is a welcomed change and an opportunity for new designers to further cement their reputation in the field.