Derek Lam


New York: This season, Derek Lam carried forward the 1970s silhouettes that he introduced for fall. The flared pants reappeared, this time made from an indigo linen twill that mimicked denim. The fabric was also used for the opening look, a sophisticated trench with a matching short dress, touching on the proportion Jane Fonda flaunted in the 1971 film Klute. The collection continued along a minimal bent with matched sets in pure white and variations on the trench coat, but a chic paneled jersey dress with a kicky handkerchief hem livened things up. The show closed with filmy maxi dresses – the best of them in printed chiffon for a boho feel – and a standout bustier dress with a printed waistband and a crinkled mesh skirt. The looks were on-trend and well-executed (if a bit on the serious side), demonstrating Lam’s technical skill and his dedication to what’s now.

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