There couldn’t be two more vastly different categories of clothes than streetwear and Edwardian style. One takes risk, while the other is modest to the point of being stuffy. One sprung from individuality, while the other was born of conformity to societal standards.
However, for Fall/Winter 2016, Derek Lam managed to effortlessly blend the two aesthetics in a way that was both fresh and elegant. His collection borrowed the tender romance of Edwardian-era fashion, with its high ruffly collars and puffed sleeves, and matched it with pristine denim, mesh textures, and optic patterns.
His collection borrowed the tender romance of Edwardian-era fashion and matched it with pristine denim, mesh textures, and optic patterns.
The beginning of the show displayed this collision of worlds on dandy pant suits, adorable button-front dresses worn over high-neck blouses, and sporty longline vests with toggle closures paired with color-blocked trousers. Lam’s signature squiggle prints also made an appearance on two monochrome sweater dresses that were just the right amount of youthful and worldly. Meanwhile, the most fantastic element of his collection was reserved for outerwear, which was surprisingly light in appearance given its dense makeup of patterned fur, glossy leather, and double-faced wool. There was not a single coat or jacket in this collection that won’t sell like hotcakes, especially that gorgeous shaggy lavender car coat.
Before the show came to a close, Lam took a moment to celebrate the party girl, outfitting her in sparkly mesh dresses and velvet frocks before ending with a few Grecian-inspired gowns. All in all, it was a masterful, beautiful, and romantic collection that speaks to the street kids and the socialites alike.