Pre-Fall 2013 finds Derek Lam continuing his exploration of Britain's youth-fueled, mid-century cool. He's been injecting this mod energy into the collection for several seasons and it's beginning to truly gel as an integral part of his brand's current aesthetic.
It's about a flat-front menswear pant (this time, contrast-yoked for a segmenting effect), a slim coat, and a tomboyish attitude. It's also about the sort of kicky skirt that is best styled with gogo boots and a Vespa; Lam's featured a 1/2-kilt flounce that took it out of that tarty Lolita territory best left to cosplay enthusiasts. That's not to say that there weren't charming glimpses of the "parochial"; Lam's argyle sweater paired with inky leather shorts would make for the most chic of school-issued uniforms.