born Derek Lam, whose first formal runway presentation was back in
2003, honed his skills while working for both Michael Kors and Geoffrey Beene
(not too shabby). A previous nominee for the Council of Fashion Designers of
American Perry Ellis-Swarovski Award for New Talent, he has become known for
elegant, ladylike clothes that pay homage to the past, but are not stuck in a
time warp, and forge forward into the 21st century through his young, modern,
and eclectic mixes.
For fall, he dubbed his collection " California Dreamin- on a cold winter's
day", and it played out against various remixes of the famous soundtrack.
Derek really proved his ability, in what many considered to be his best
effort yet. The most notable result was in the still elegant clothes which
retailed a ladylike air, but were not stodgy or uptight, tempered as they
were with a somewhat boho, easy, relaxed, wearable, laid back California
vibe, (with more than a hint of the 60's). While not everything worked (and
when does it?), there was a lot to like, and many pieces that chic, smart,
well-dressed women would love to own and wear.
He successfully mixed tailored belted trenchcoats or in one case- an ivory
shrunken, fitted military style jacket- over soft silk prairie style skirts;
layered a gold sequined tank under a cropped tan trench jacket and put it
with well tailored mannish trousers; showed stiff dark rolled up jeans with a
gorgeous shirt replete with dressmaker details and threw an elegant black
fitted coat over it; showed a group of drop waist silk shirtdresses with easy
rounded skirts as well as some pretty evening dresses- a shimmery, graceful
midcalf ivory in particular, with criss cross back and lingerie detailing,
was edged in black lace. Everything (well, almost everything) was grounded
with a heavy flat, black strappy sandal (which does not mean YOU have to wear
it that way, but it did add to the somewhat laid back mood), scarves of
varying widths and lengths nonchalantly wrapped around the neck, and singular
necklaces added that individual, artistic touch.