Film Noir Heroine

New York…Derek Lam

Attempting to please those ladies who lunch, Lam said his collection was inspired colors and textures from Coco Chanel’s own interiors as well as the mood of Louis Malle’s 1958 movie, “Ascenseur pour l’Échafaud”, which starred Jeanne Moreau as a film noir heroine. Her character was dressed in a classically French manner, with the hint of a sinister plot on her mind. The look came through in luxe sportswear and fur-trimmed outerwear. In a strict palette of camel, steal and black, jersey dresses, oversized tuxedo jackets and menswear styled coats remained consistent in a complete collection for F/W 09.


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  • Isabella

    Lam uses my ideal color palette here. He played it safe, but in these times its ‘safe’ that sells. Every piece designed seems that it cant stand on its own giving one the possibility to mix and match throughout; Investment pieces are key.

  • To go with the Barbie theme of the week, many of the looks remind me of those uber-classy, special collection dolls that people never take out of the box, especially the second look you’ve posted (the camel coat).

  • Hanna

    I would sell a kidney for that camel coat.

    Well, okay, not really, but still, I’d sell something important.

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