Designer’s Little Sisters

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Derek Lam 10 Crosby Derek Lam 10 Crosby

NY Fashion week is on, making its way from New York to London and Milan, before winding down in Paris. For me it’s like having a drawn out Christmas four times a year. The season is Spring/Summer 2015, and in the first few days of shows many of the designers premiered their less expensive (it is all relative) lines first.

My favorite of these little sister lines is Derek Lam 10 Crosby. Derek’s 10 Crosby line holds true to his signature aesthetic, balancing between simplicity and complexity, structure and ease, masculine and feminine, technical and natural. The perfect representation of the designer’s inspiration this season – contemporary collage artists Fred Free and Sigrid Sandström, who often work with common materials such as corrugated cardboard, manila envelopes, and aged newsprint — is Lam’s chic dress over pants in its mixture of prints all topped off with a structured black jacket.

Other winning moments (hard to choose from such a well-rounded collection with its cool girl aesthetic) included high-waisted flares worn with a trench cut from washed linen silk in a beautiful shade of agave blue. Patch pocket wrap skirts and cropped jackets (boasting sturdy cotton canvas luggage details) paired with flute pleated skirts for a modern vibe, and the last exit of a cool white loosely structured jumpsuit (a piece I’m already obsessing about).

Two other standout second tier lines were Zac Zac Posen, whose stab at separates is quite a departure from his red carpet gowns, as he described it ” Dressed-up street style”. What ever the description, it works. The collection flaunted a series of colorful dresses and separates that took on a “slightly preppy tone,” as Posen ascribed them, but also a feminine one. With separates this good, I’m sure they will be gracing many a streets come spring 2015.

Yigal Azrouel wanted his contemporary line, Cut 25, to be more about “an inner confidence than an outwardly body-con look” for Spring/summer 2015. Focusing on separates, dresses and jumpsuits (a palm tree was the solo print motif), with sporty, tomboy details, Azrouël referred to it as, “It’s street but very fresh”. I love the tomboy look, it’s even present among the dresses. Another fantastic cool girl line with plenty of hip urban feel to it!



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Zac Zac Posen Cut 25 Yigel Azrouel

Cut 25 Yigel Azroue Cut 25 Yigel Azrouel

Top collection Derek Lam 10 Crosby Spring/Summer 2015

Bottom Collection – Zac Zac Posen // Zac Zac Posen // Cut 25 Yigel Azrouel // Cut 25 Yigel Azrouel //Cut 25 Yigel Azrouel // Zac Zac Posen

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