Fashion, Fashion WeekNew York Fashion Week FA08: Derek Lam

Derek Lam is fashion’s latest golden boy (a Michael Kors protege, CFDA new designer award winner, and accessories designer for Tod’s), so there were nothing less than sky-high expectations for his fall 2008 line. Fortunately, he didn’t disappoint.

True to his training, Lam creates incredibly wearable, covetable classics that will see you through much more than the upcoming fall season. The tone of the show was dark, almost somber; there was a definite military inspiration to the collection. I also got the feeling Lam has been spending too much time in Manhattan, headquarters for black attire. But what the show lacked in color, it more than made up for in detail. Every black piece was impeccably tailored, with exquisite detailing. You’ll notice a new signature for this collection — virtually every piece showed off a flirty, girly hem peeking out from a relatively masculine silhouette.

Since I’m a West Coast girl, I was more drawn to the pieces with color. I loved the beige, military-inspired overcoat with elbow-length sleeves (I’m beginning to think I’m going to have to have the sleeves on all of my coats shortened), the striped fur jacket, and a striking new take on the classic black wrap dress (DVF, eat your heart out!). Also, watch out for that gorgeous grey herringbone wool corset top, which would be an amazing addition to any wardrobe.

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