If you want to count on spotting the cream of the crop of the fashion set, be sure to head to a show by Derek Lam. As insiders like Anna Dello Russo, Mary Alice Stephenson and Kyle Anderson took their front row seats at the massive St. John’s Center in downtown Manhattan, attendees chatted as they waited for the show to begin.
Lights up and models marched disciplined down the glamorously lined space, wearing bold geometric prints, intricate one-sided beading and midriff-baring styles with touches of vibrant gold overlaid on black.
Unapologetic leathers in colors like cobalt blue, black and burgundy composed great suits, accents and skirts, while tops were lightweight, simple and un-fussy. Prints included basket weave designs, tweed graphics and black and white jacquard. Standout pieces were the gold metallic macramé skirt and the final look displayed on model Joan Smalls: a burgundy laser-cut foil dress with heavy beading on the front side and smooth black silk on the back.
The best part about this collection was that there was truly something for everyone. While pieces were intricate, they also possessed a very wearable and simple quality — and while some may disagree, in fashion, wearability is always one of the most important factors.