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New York fashion week

New York fashion week By:ImUnique carter

Derek lam bioDerek lam is a creative designer from San Francisco, California. As a child, he was surrounded with the fashion business since his parents imported clothing from Asia and his grandparents ran a successful garment factory that specialized in bridal dresses. This later inspired his career as a designer. Upon graduating from Parsons school of designer in the 90s he landed the job as Michael Kors assistant. He later was appointed as the president of design for the Michael Kors label. He then launched his own line in 2003 and was debuted in New York Fashion Week. Later in 2005 he won the CFDA Perry Ellis Swarovski Award for new designers which led to a lot more success. By 2010 Lam launched a line of ready-to-wear clothing, shoes, and accessories. Lam is identified by his clean silhouettes and girly fabrics. His signature pieces include wide-legged trouser pants, raw sheath dresses with plunging necklines, cashmere pea coats with stiff silk belts. In addition to Lams line he is also Tods creative director for the ready-to-wear and accessories.


Spring 2014For this collection, the main colors used were black and white. There were pops of the pantone color palette as well like freesia and dazzling blue.

Color palette

Spring 2015This collection did well with keeping the clean silhouettes and the checkered fabrics made the pieces look even more polished. The textiles used were lace, fringe, crepe and denim. The skirts had an a-line silhouette



Spring 2015This seasons collection was inspired by the 1970s. Derek used a lot of patchwork styles, suede, and the basic tee even made its way in the collection.

Color paletteThis year Derek got more creative with color. The year before he only used two colors from Pantones spring colors, this year he used four!

Textiles There were a mixture of more textiles and fabrics being used. There were combinations of videt, lilac, leather, suede, cashmere, and silk. The patchwork suede and top stitching emphasized the boxy silhouettes. There were more flares in the skirts and dresses and shirt began to have a peplon style.

Whats up with 2016?Based off the two previous collections I feel like Lam is going get creative with textiles and colors. I predict there is going to me more mixing and matching of fabrics. I cant say where he will get his inspiration from but I do have a feeling he may go back to the 20s maybe 30s era. What I do know is with what ever he decides you will still see the girly silhouettes and everything will come together very clean and crisp.