Fashion Week Notebook | Derek Lam

February 10th, 2006

Derek Lam
Photo Credit: NY Metro

Key Takeaways: Excellently edited collection from a true up-and-comer.  Key trends: (1) capes, (2) raised waist emphasis, (3) belted styles, (4) tuxedo detailing (5) ruffles, (6) voluminous sleeves, (7) grecian draping, (8) tulip skirt styles.

Color Palette:  Neutrals with splashes of spring green, sunflower yellow, sky blue, and a rich, warm purple.

Silhouettes:  Silhouettes tended to be more fitted on top and loose on the bottom–or vice versa.  Lam showed a host of tailored tops and voluminous skirts–both tulip skirt shapes and the run-of-the-mill full skirt.  He also presented a number of oversized jackets/capes over slim, tailored silhouettes to balance them out.

Accessories Report: Chain necklaces and chain bag handles.  Belts were rather thick and sat at the natural waistline.

What’s Wearable: Lam accomplished the formidable feat of designing an interesting, wearable collection–we were hard pressed to find extremely unwearable looks.  Our favorites?  A long babydoll shirt paired with a suit jacket, pants, and short gloves…and fur (skip the fur, make Trisha happy)–shown above.  We also appreciated the black asymmetric capelet paired with a bright yellow ruffled shirt, long gloves, and skinny pants.

What’s Not Wearable: One blousy white halter dress wasn’t particularly flattering, even on the model’s thin frame.  The stark contrast of the thick black belt didn’t do her any favors either.

Entry Filed under: Runway Reviews, Runway Reviews, Trend, Women

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  • 1. Omiru.com: Style for All&hellip  |  February 10th, 2006 at 4:56 pm

    [...] Capes and Capelets: One of the huge trends this season.  Maybe this is The Poncho, Part II.Derek Lam, Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier, Narciso Rodriguez, Tuleh, Rachel Comey, Twinkle, Proenza SchoulerSmall and Square Sunglasses: It’s like the fashion world woke up and decided it didn’t want to be bug eyed anymore.Carolina Herrera, BCBG, Luella Bartley, Proenza SchoulerNerd Glasses for Men: Can we say Geek Chic?  Disclaimer: Sporting these glasses as an awkward teenager probably won’t win you any more dates.Trovata, LacosteShort Gloves: You go guys, for bucking the trend against the long, elbow-length glove.Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler3/4 Sleeve Styles: Trisha bought one of these 3/4 sleeve coats, but on her it was more like 7/8. Alas.Proenza Schouler, Carolina Herrera Missed a previous edition of Omiru’s Fashion Week Trend Roundup? Fear Not!  Here’s Omiru’s Mid Fashion Week Trend Roundup, Part II, and Part III. [...]

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