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Derek Lam

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Derek Lam
Born and raised in San Francisco, Derek Lam is known for his approach to laid-back American luxury. The designer studied at New York’s prestigious Parsons New School for Design, where he befriended Jenna Lyons, later J Crew’s Creative director, and fully absorbed the creative atmosphere of mid-eighties Manhattan, an influence that can still be lightly seen in his collections.

Lam officially began his career at Michael Kors where he became Kors’ right hand man and an important player in the American sportswear tradition before launching his eponymous label.

While the clean-cut New England theme can also be noticed on his runways today, the designer also developed an unmistakable and sophisticated femininity of his very own, launching his signature line out of his West Village apartment in 2002. “Fashion,” Lam once told Vogue “should make a sensual, emotional impact.”

Derek Lam’s Resort collection has longevity that will take you beyond the holiday season. With slimmer silhouettes than his previous collections, this was the sleek ‘70s at its best. Super-high-waisted white flares will lengthen legs and bring a fresh structure against the relaxed comfort of a navy glitter narrow-fit polo. Or get buttoned and belted in his raw denim collared dress to get the look in one fell swoop.

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