Sleek, modern and tailored are perhaps the best adjectives to describe Derek Lam's F/W 2013 show at New York Fashion Week. His ability to design and produce a perfect coat is renowned and these offerings, mainly in varying shades of camel or rich fur stoles, being standout pieces. A streak of bohemian runs through the collection, especially through the use of fringed hemlines, muted patchwork prints and pointed-toe ankle boots. However the majority of the collection was kept sharp, clean lines and controlled shapes taking centre stage. It was simple yet effective- see for example the white shirt tucked into navy trousers, a key look yet minimum effort required to look stylish. Statement pieces were sparse but the short leather cape was a favourite of mine. There was still an element of casual around the collection, with fabrics staying loose and simple and an absence of busy or cloying prints so that Lam's flattering use of colour could let the clothes speak for themselves.
Derek Lam F/W 2013: