ELLEDECOR.com: We hear it was a vacation that inspired your .
PETER SOM: Yes—St. Barths is one of my favorite places, so when I partnered with Kohl's I knew it had to be the location for my inspiration. Overall, the laidback chic sensibility of St. Barths inspired every aspect of the collection. You can see it in the fabrics that were chosen, which combine comfort and luxury such as eyelet, striped interlock, stretch jersey, French terry and cotton voil as well as in the silhouettes. The colors of the collection combine the best of crisp, French-inspired nautical colors with a mix of sun-bleached shades while black and white anchor the collection.
ED: Do you find that you're more creative when traveling? What about it makes you feel that way?
PS: Yes, I do feel more creative when traveling. It's an opportunity to break free from my regular routine and see things from a different perspective. The vibe in St. Barths is obviously so different than New York City—there's an ease and a relaxed feeling about St Barths—I'm a complete beach bum at heart, and St. Barths has some of the best ones. I wanted to infuse the collection with that sense of ease. It's all about classic sportswear pieces such as the bomber jacket, moto jacket, and shirtdress, but done with a St. Barths-inspired relaxed twist.
ED: Are there particular pieces in the collection you imagine women wearing on their own vacations?
PS: The maxi dress! The multi-striped maxi is one of my favorite pieces from the collection and is so versatile. For vacation it can slip over a bikini as a cover up, and for the evening, throw on some great sandals and my white jersey moto jacket. And even if you're not going on vacation, the maxi gives you a piece of that St Barths feel in the city, or wherever you are!
...And yes, we're experiencing major vacation envy now. Tell us in the comments: What's the best vacation you've ever taken?