Derek Lam: the modern retro

New York fashion week, the first of the ‘big four’ on the fashion circuit, isn’t even over and already the season’s trends have been bursting forth to reveal themselves. And these are common themes that we don’t expect to be exclusive to the relatively laid-back mood of the States, either. Of those common themes, Derek Lam’s fall / winter 2012 collection was well aware: the yin and yang of feminine and masculine, the wanton grabbing and modernising of eras past, the consumer’s desire to mix the practical – the sporty, even – with the chic.

Derek Lam plucked his elements from the ’50s and ’60s; turning pea coats and shift dresses and skirt-suits alike into outfits that wore with easy modern cool. If any one ensemble started to border too far in to feminine territory it was quickly pulled back into line with leather trim, or flat gold-capped oxford shoes. For a final feat of effortlessness Lam paired sweeping silk georgette skirts with chunky cable knits: in a colour like clotted cream it made for a city-country collision of the best possible kind.

You can see all of the Derek Lam autumn (fall) / winter 2012 collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the collection.

Also from this fashion show.