Elegant Ease

New York: Derek Lam hails from California, perhaps a factor in his successful blend of tailored elegance meets West Coast Bohemia. Lam’s Pre-Fall presentation was no exception, with a tightly edited group of fourteen pieces, each embodying a cool simplicity with an emphasis on craftsmanship – reiterating the designer’s guiding philosophy of “luxury without formality”. A bubblegum pink floor-length dress got a casual vibe from a snug, buttoned-up jacket, while luxe faux fur vests were paired with of-the-moment navy flared pants for a refined seventies silhouette. Saturated purples, blues and the above-mentioned pink broke up a palette of dark fall shades. A dress that appeared to be two pieces was a standout: a snug beaded bodice gave way to a long, structured skirt with a high-low hem. Other notables were an effortless purple a-line coat and a slim pair of front-buttoned sailor pants. This restrained yet subtly sophisticated collection is sure to please the stylish set, on both coasts and beyond.

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