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AP Fashion Writer, New York

Peter Som’s spring runway was a closet full of clothes for the young and beautiful set. The collection, shown Monday at New York Fashion Week, was an even mix of tropical colors and neutral earth tones, resortwear and cocktail dresses.

His muse is ready for anywhere her jet might land.

Som mixed textures–an organza shirt with tweed skirt, and a shiny linen taffeta dress–which gave the overall impression of chic clothes without stuffiness. Corset-style tops with fuller, flirty bottoms also provided some playfulness.

In an interview ahead of the show, Som described the look as his signature of "quirkily romantic dressing and relaxed elegance"–and moving it to the desert.

"Imagine wind-swept dunes evoking sun-baked fabrics and a chic caravan of sophisticated modern-dressing," he said.

Many of the best looks, however, must have come from Som’s oasis: beautiful hues of ocean blue, including lagoon, aqua and azure.

The crystals that subtly highlighted floral embroideries on several hemlines was a nod to luxury, while a T-shirt dress covered in silver spiraling sequins and Swarovski crystals was full-on glamour.

On the more casual side were rompers, which are a bona fide trend for the season, that Som put into wearable proportions with slim-cut tops and fuller but not voluminous shorts.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.