American Fashion designer Derek Lam was up there with Victoria Beckham and DKNY yesterday as the New York Fashion Week continued in full force, showing off only the best the fashion industry has to offer for the year’s fall/winter 2015-2016 collections. Known for his use of pretty, feminine fabrics and a combination of clean silhouettes, Lam certainly did not disappoint his fan base. On the contrary, we were all glowing eyes and grinning faces as the Derek Lam fall/winter 2015-2016 rtw show ended with a final aplomb. The 48-year-old artist of Chinese American parentage launched his own label in 2003 and has been a staple of the New York Fashion Week since its inception that year. Derek Lam is known for his shoes and jewelry, as well as his raw silk sheath dresses with plunging necklines, wide legged trousers and dainty cashmere pea coats. He played his part well with this coming season’s designs as well and has officially found new fans of his creations with his appearance on the runway yesterday.
Derek Lam seems to scream simplistic individuality, with a grand focus on the 1970s garnering him with much support from his fans. This time around, he seems to have brought the focus to the oversized cuffs and sleeveless trenches that reveal an open back. He seems to keep upgrading his staple pieces, with one major upgrade appearing to be in the trench coat that now has a wide, bowl-like collar and sensible hoods at the back for maximum utility.
Shoes… we saw everything from mules to loafers to crocodile pumps. We should make a particular mention about those two toned loafers that were all 1970s and paired perfectly with the cuffed bell bottoms. Those block-heeled patent black and beige pieces are definitely rocking it on the runway and will be seen a lot more of on the fashion scene and the streets. While the 1970s are definitely the decade that’s proven to be the biggest inspiration for this year’s fashions, there are few designers who really embrace the olden times with as much fervor as Derek Lam, with even his ponytails on the runway taking on that decade’s feel. The wide shape of the texture hair design was mimicked, with an off-center controlled part and the top portion kept slick and tidy. The rest of the hair is pulled back into a low ponytail, a concept seen on the couture fashion week in Paris as well, while there are certain accessories also utilized to give it a 1970s flair.
Big buttons that are prominent on the pieces appear all over, while midi hemmed dresses with either deep V plunges at the neckline or strapless designs take over the eveningwear section. We have looser clothing in general, with wide legged trousers, while some of these pants have stripes down the sides that are reminiscent of sporty designs. We love the focus on length, whether at the legs or around the torso, each bringing new light to a tried look while still screaming comfort and style. We have to say, we really hope the midi skirts stay in for another year or two before the fashions change once again.
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