Derek Lam knows how to keep his clientele happy. For fall 2011 he decided to play it polite and comfortable and completely “appropriate”. Yet his collection still manages to have a touch of the quirky and unexpected.
When it comes to his designs, he chooses an unusual combination of concepts that will work well at retail and shall make him a happy man. The clothes are great and I predict the result of his experimentation to be commercial success.
What Derek Lam excels at is classic sportswear tweaked and updated into luscious finishes such as silks, knits, and shearlings. Notable is his treatment of soft and warm alpaca (mark my words, alpaca might well become the new cashmere).
Derek Lam is a serial outerwear enthusiast; collection after collection he likes to pay special notice to these pieces and seems to delight in playing with the sleeves. Some of the fur sleeve detail on his coats makes all the difference.
As a rule, his fur approach is democratic and ‘material-honest’. He likes to play with conventions and does a beautiful job at it. So why not introduce a wax finish to the leather side of shearling coats? And add textile to the mix to keep the product light and youthful?
Though unusual, the end product is completely wearable and age appropriate for most of his customers base.
View the Derek Lam Fall 2011/Winter 2012 collection recap video here.
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