Derek Lam Fall 2015 Collection: The American Dream

2015-11-22 fashion Fashion

Derek Lam Fall 2015 Collection

It’s odd that our most quintessentially American brand has the name Derek Lam. Or is it? With primetime shows entitled Fresh Off the Boat, Asian-American culture is currently as American as apple pie. But don’t categorize Derek Lam with the host of young (albeit, he is, relatively speaking) designers trying to find their way. This is a designer who has not only found his voice and projected it loud and clear, he has influenced a blossoming generation of designers, from all ends of the spectrum.

This season, Derek was focused on “iconic American style,” and while there’s nothing new about that for him, his lens was naturally much more specific. He was inspired by the Katharine Hepburn and Mia Farrow types, those independent, witty, timeless women who, according to Derek, possess an “intellectual, Yankee thing.” That Northwestern prep-schooled mood translated to plenty of borrowed-from-the-boys sweaters with crew or V-necklines; knee-skimming trench coats, gorgeously tactile and belted with a sense of comfortable ease; suede shift dresses with coordinating relaxed pants; billowing, wide-leg trousers with sporty racing stripes for a riff on the track pant.

Seventies-era silhouettes (think a clever homage to the leisure suit and mildly low-slung, belted flares) gives way to pajama-inspired suiting, contrasted white piping and all, which could very well put a new spin on cocktail dressing come fall. A standout: an immaculately seamed and tailored strapless dress featuring a belled, midi-length skirt, paired with glossy, boxy ankle boots. That’s the thing with Derek. The clothes are perfection, but there’s always a twist, a keen point of view, and a modern slant on the wear-forever classics. And that you can do with Derek’s clothes – wear them for seasons, years, and even multiple phases of your life, and then pass them down to the next generation. Young and old, Asian and not: like Derek’s expansive influence, good clothes know no boundaries, nor do they know ethnicities.

Derek Lam Fall 2015 Collection

Derek Lam Fall 2015 Collection

Derek Lam Fall 2015 Collection

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