Runway Review: Derek Lam Spring 2014

After Altuzarra, I have yet agin gotten the feeling that designers are making their clothes for next spring with ease in mind. Such was the case at Derek Lam's recent show.

Lam always does pretty great collections that seem to go under the radar when it comes to editorials, as well as the red carpet, but considering the designer's almost 10 year long career, I bet he's doing well with high-end customers, which in the end is the most important thing for a designer's survival.

For next spring, Derek Lam is all about gingham. He opened his show with a laidback day dress with an interesting construction which was followed by wide pants (shockingly, white) and an oversized gingham tunic belted at the waist.

The belted silhouette is definitely something Lam was intrigued by. Wide belts made in the same fabric as the outfit reminded me a bit too much of the Celine spring 2012 show. What I did think was quite fresh were the dark denim dresses and coats. They felt utterly modern and chic as an everyday sartorial choice.

Lightness in the collection was provided by light spider web-like overlays thrown over simple T-shirt dresses.

Remember when I wrote that nothing says spring spring/summer to me more than tassels over everything? Well, Derek Lam (as well as Altuzarra) had them in his show as part of the great acessories. Tiny tribal-like scarves and belts gave an extra kick to every outfit they were paired with. On the shoe front, the gladiator was Lam's style of choice, whether knee or ankle high, flat or high-heeled.

In keeping with the rest of the collection, the eveningwear was minimalistic, but beautiful nonetheless. A particular favorite of mine was a bright yellow, light as air, strapless gown.

Athough perhaps not the most memorable show we've seen in New York, there is no fear that Derek Lam's loyal customers will remain just that.

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Photos from Style.com

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