Designer Dossier: Derek Lam

"Since I've given up smoking, I'll indulge in French toast. During the shows, I need to be smiling, not dieting!"

By Joyce Caruso Corrigan

August 15, 2008 5:17 PM
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Derek Lam: Designer Dossier

I FANTASIZE
"The Tod's girl's idea of luxury is a perfect plate of pasta and, yes, an exquisitely made bag — but she'd never join a waiting list for one. So not a fashion victim. I think of her working, sailing, chilling in some amazing seaside resort like Capri; her look is simply an extension of la dolce vita."
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Derek Lam: Designer Dossier

MY DREAMS
"Funny that two of my muses are English, because Tod's DNA is completely Anglo-Italian. When I finished designing the buttery leather trench, I realized how totally Julie Christie it was — she was the sexy-smart icon in the '60s. And I've loved working with Sienna Miller, one of the last great fashion risk-takers."
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Derek Lam: Designer Dossier

MY SCHEMES
"Since I've just given up smoking, I'll occasionally indulge in French toast. Especially during the shows, I need to be smiling, not dieting! Classical music, particularly Schubert, makes me happy, too. Don't they say playing Mozart makes babies smarter? Maybe it'll work for my next collection."

Derek Lam: Designer Dossier

I IDOLIZE
"Michael Kors taught me American classics 101; Diego della Valle [who appointed Lam Tod's creative director in 2006] is the genius who re-fashioned the traditional men's driving moc as something sexy and iconic for women. With luck, the Tod's artisans will make me an honorary Italian cobbler someday!"
J. Woodhouse
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Derek Lam: Designer Dossier

Lam loves Capri, a fave Italian island resort since Roman times.

Derek Lam: Designer Dossier

From Lam's own Derek Lam collection, fall 2008.

Fall 2008 Runway Looks

LACE — Derek Lam

Fall 2008 Runway Looks

PURPLE
"An elegant palette of deep violets and lavenders captures the true essence of femininity" -Marco Zanini of Halston
Designer: Derek Lam
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