Derek Lam's fall show was called "The Library." Little bookmarks were placed on everyone's seat and the runway (if you can call it that--I felt like the people on the other side of it were about a mile away) was littered with gigantic boxes which I later realized were meant to be reminiscent of bookshelves in a library. Models like Joan Smalls, Arizona Muse and Daphne Groenveld weaved around them in complicated formations. The clothes themselves, however, were not as fussy.
Derek Lam is one of those shows that is a little bit torturous because you immediately want to wear everything that went down the runway. This collection was certainly an example of that. It was a quieter follow-up to last season's tropical wears, with a bit of '60s vibe that could be seen in the hair, makeup and silhouettes. Still, Lam is a forward-thinking designer and his modern sensibilities were present in dainty Persian prints, luxurious leathers, gold oxfords and perhaps the least offensive puffer coats and vests I've ever seen. I also died over the boxy leather handbags. Need.
If they were to do a remake of 1995's Party Girl, this is what Mary should wear to her day job at the library. However, the nighttime options, while incredibly beautiful and elegant, would be a bit too simple for her--but would make a great red carpet moment for someone like Kirsten Dunst or Claire Danes. Also, Hanneli Mustaparta, who was perched in the aisle snapping photos in a pale blue Lam coat, is probably already placing her pre-order.
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