Derek Lam is the latest big name designer to collaborate with Kohl’s as part of their DesigNation project. His bright, breezy spring collection was inspired by a trip to Rio de Janeiro, documented in this video that has in turn inspired me to start frantically checking airfare prices to Brazil. His Rio-ready designs are priced between $36 and $88 and will be available in stores and online April 5th. Can’t wait to check out these pieces in person! [Kohl's]
Amazingly, Fashion People were undeterred by the foot-plus of snow we received this weekend, and New York Fashion Week carried on as usual. Total champs — we certainly can’t say the same about our weekend, which we spent contained safely indoors in front of the television. This is just a small selection from the many, many incredible shows that took place over the weekend and into this week. Let’s see what Alexander Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Victoria Beckham, Derek Lam, Zac Posen, and Marc by Marc Jacobs have in mind for the Autumn/Winter 2013 season… Keep reading »
Kristen Stewart and Co. are doing the press rounds for “Snow White and the Huntsman,” so naturally there’s loads of fashion fodder to go around. The cast turned out for a photo call in Berlin today, and while Kristen’s dress was certainly less ostentatious than her risky look for the world premiere, the long Derek Lam sheath she chose was a bit of a deviation from the fashion norm. For me, the pattern errs on the side of Hot Topic, but it could just be the thick chained belt that’s eclipsing my vision. I have to say I love the fit of this dress, and while I’m not usually partial to a checkerboard pattern, I think the edgy look could have worked fabulously on punky Kristen had she shed the wide belt. I know you guys preferred Charlize’s look yesterday, but how is this red number working for you? [Just Jared]
I love Fashion Week, and I love runway show beauty, but not all of it is accessible. It’s not unusual for the makeup at some shows (see: red eyes at 3.1 Phillip Lim) to be utterly ill-advised when taken out of context. I believe that beauty is incredibly personal, and for that reason “runway beauty trends” are kind of moot: as beauty editor Cat Marnell at xoJane put it in her beautifully introspective piece on Fashion Week, “don’t you already sort of know what looks good on you?” Models, who look good in anything, including red eyeliner, whose faces are painted in a manner that complements the focal point, the clothes, should not dictate what makeup you decide to wear. You know what you like: stick to it. Sometimes, though, just as we scurry to replicate a red carpet makeup look we find covetable, and think would look good on us, there’s beauty on the runway that can work for you. If dark, dramatic eyes with a rebellious, middle-finger flair are your trademark, here are three tutorials for you to try.
Famous people: occasionally they rip each other off. That seems to be the case with Ivanka Trump’s shoe line, which looks to have directly copied a Derek Lam design. Trump’s Cadie wedge retails for around $150 while Lam’s Ayami sandal is a cool $780, but the physical similarities are rather striking; Lam sent Ivanka Trump Footwear and its parent licensing company Marc Fisher Footwear a cease-and-desist letter giving them seven days to pull the shoes.
According to Derek Lam’s Chief Executive Officer Jan-Hendrik Schlottman, “We have seen very similar copies before but we have never seen a shoe that perfectly copied. It’s such an investment to make a shoe … we had to protest this.”
It appears that the shoes are no longer available on Trump’s website, though they can be found in several retail locations, such as Bloomingdales.com. [NYMag]
This week’s eBay picks include Alexander McQueen, Jeff Koons, and Derek Lam And yes, we just dropped a few names on you! Check out our awesome selections after the jump! Keep reading »
Derek Lam is producing an exclusive collection for eBay, and he’s giving YOU the power to decide which pieces are produced. In February, Lam will reveal his original designs at a presentation during New York Fashion Week. Then, fans and fashion enthusiasts will vote on which pieces should make it into the final collection, which will be available in spring and summer 2011 at fixed prices — so no frantic bidding! [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
We still have to get through the rest of the holidays, so don’t even get us started on all the makeover madness that we can promise you we’ll be obsessed with come January. But if you’re going out on the town or throwing a party for New Year’s Eve, we know you can’t resist getting all gussied up, and chances are you’re already thinking about it. We’ve suggested a whole bunch of cute dresses (under $100!), plenty of dancing shoes, and even cocktail shakers to keep in mind, but check this Elle.com video out for a hair and makeup look (inspired by Derek Lam’s spring 2010 runway but redone on their intrepid reporter for the realway), we think would look good on 99 percent of the population come party time. Just don’t forget, kids: Use that hairspray responsibly. Keep reading »
Only 13 more days until Inauguration Day, and the fashion world is still in a tizzy about what Michelle Obama should wear. Style.com asked previous CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund designers to offer their suggestions since Obama has worn dresses by past Fashion Fund participants Thakoon and Jason Wu. Above, from left, Michelle’s Inauguration Night gown according to Alexander Wang, Vena Cava, and Derek Lam. We’re not so sure the first lady can get away with showing off her stems and her back on her husband’s first day of work, but the one-shoulder Derek Lam would be amazing on her — she has such nicely toned arms. Check out other designers’ recommendations at Style.com. Keep reading »
Fashion week continues, keep reading for photos of some lovely dresses from Derek Lam and Monique Lhuillier… Keep reading »