Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week: Derek Lam

- By Andrea Mestrovic -

There was a certain unspoken supremacy at Derek Lam’s Fall 2012 collection in New York.   It started with rudimentary, monochromatic, print separates and enhanced, contrast-collar dresses in unassuming forms, but with a taste of the fantastical to come. Brigitte Bardot look-alikes strutted down the runway sporting unfussy beehives and projecting lenient 60’s housewives.

In his follow-up act, Lam paired sensual knitwear with uncomplicated, wearable wide-leg trousers, and high-sheen leather tops with hemmed at the knee skirts.  For Fall 2012 he experimented with a brilliant array of fabrics, from woven cashmere to printed silks and glossy leather.  True to form, his collection thus far appeared luxurious but moderately informal.

In a surprising finale, Lam gave us some unexpected femininity and fluidity – an unconventional twist for the designer known for his contemporary, often futuristic fashions.  Models like Josephine Skriver, Daria Strokous and Katryn Kruger took the final walk through a maze of white frames in floor length, quixotic, motion-packed silk gowns and skirts paired with cable-knit cashmere sweaters in a perfect balance of textures and cause.
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Derek Lam seeks to make fashion that is fantastical but rational and timeless in its elegance.  Mission accomplished.  His Fall 2012 collection is just that.
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Andrea Mestrovic is a multi-lingual, multi-talented, but modest multi-tasker who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic. Andrea has a sure-footed instinct for discovering magnificent finds all over the globe. You can follow her on twitter @AndreaMestrovic
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Andrea Mestrovic is a multi-lingual, multi-talented, but modest multi-tasker who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic. Andrea has a sure-footed instinct for discovering magnificent finds all over the globe. You can follow her on twitter @AndreaMestrovic or read all her posts on http://oliviapalermo.com/author/andrea

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