from the runways: 10 crosby derek lam

8 Feb

it’s fashion week again, and in honor of the sartorially rich week, i’ll be bringing you reviews and editorials straight from the runways. happy fashioning!


the 10 c girl has always been one for doing things differently – odd proportions, seemingly non-compatible pattern pairs and the curious menswear-esque shoes to round things out have consistently been the core of derek lam’s diffusion line muse.

for being only a couple seasons old, this line has stayed true to itself, allowing that girl to keep doing things her way. this season saw similarly off-kilter silhouettes and interesting shoes. but something new was the play on texture that purposefully trotted to the spotlight, cueing the line’s typically eye catching color palettes to take a back seat.


case in point: this faux pony hair coat to kick things off. perhaps a tad off-putting at first glance – i repeat: faux pony hair – upon deeper consideration, it’s easy to gain a profound respect for these initially deterring pieces as each maintain the brand’s serious approach to tailoring and share the clout so carefully cultivated in lam’s eponymous line.

equally begging for a second glance were the tuxedo influenced pieces. there were impeccable black trousers complete with cummerbund and a jacket overlaying a cross body piece of fabric you couldn’t quite wrap your head around – was it a bandeau gone awry? a misplaced bra? did she simply forget to put her blouse on?



work-appropriate ensembles rode along side casual looks perfect for city roaming on a crisp weekend afternoon, aligning the collection, yet again, with that muse who never forgets to have her share of amusement in life. slouchy sweater dresses and a few top and shorts combos perfectly touched on that off-duty look while dresses with liberal silhouettes would seamlessly carry our girl into dinner and drinks.

overall, a pleasing and autumn appropriate execution from design director elizabeth giardina. i’m already craving the crisp winds and rich colors of fall.






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