New York Fashion Week Coverage: Derek Lam Fall 2012 Collection

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Though the mood on the Derek Lam runway, according to the designer, was more “thoughtful, quiet, and a little more somber”, elegiac it was not. There was still a vein of optimism that ran through this mercurial collection, which came in the form of 60s high school girl silhouettes and sparkly accoutrements.

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The varsity jackets and prim blouses spoke to us from the past, but it was the leather pants and patent skirts that spoke from the present. While a few puffy parkas gave a “ski-bunny” feel to the outfits, this is still an undeniably wearable collection. One of the best looks was a glistening low-slung pair of cropped trousers that moved and sparkled like a rotating diamond. The show ended on a slightly occultish note, as the corrugated ripple sweater and black maxi chiffon skirt looked a little more edgy and witchy than we were expecting.

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