The wait is over! Peter Som’s exclusive collection for Kohl’s DesigNation is set to hit stores on April 10th (although you can scoop it up right now at kohls.com), and we are happily preparing ourselves to get into all the summer-ready pieces. Inspired by the playful, undemanding luxury of St. Barths, Som’s collection includes bright maxi dresses, patterned pants, chic jumpsuits, breezy tunics, a standout moto jacket, and many more easy-to-wear pieces. “I love St. Barths, and I’ve been a handful of times,” Som tells InStyle. “I’m a beach bum and a Francophile, so I love the combination of laid-back, luxe Caribbean ease plus French love of life.”
Som truly infused the spirit of island life into the line, but took it a notch above. “It’s the best of laid-back casual dressing, but because of the French aspect you have a slightly elevated sensibility of how the clothes are worn. There’s a laid-back ease to the island, which I tried to capture in easy pieces that have a lot of color,” says Som. Some of the textiles used in the collection are even influenced by items he found while on vacation in the French territory. “I was in a gift shop and saw a map of St. Barths on the wall and wanted it. It had been hung up there for 20 years, and it was faded by the sun. They had new ones, but I bought the faded, dilapidated one on the wall,” Som tells us. “One of the prints I used is a combo of a postcard and that map.” The pattern is featured on several items in the capsule, including a maxi skirt (pictured above, middle), maxi dress, and sweatshirt. Stripes, batik prints, eyelet, and vibrant colors are also prevalent throughout the line.
Aren’t heading to an exotic island destination anytime soon? You can still channel that same sense of energy into a relaxed yet adventurous ensemble with these versatile pieces. “Even if you can’t go to St. Barths, you can have a piece of St. Barths in your wardrobe.”
With reporting by Kathryn O’Shea-Evans