A collection of vintage German lava pottery got the wheels turning this season for design director Elizabeth Giardina, and the results for Derek Lam’s secondary line were effortlessly chic.

Giardina is a self-proclaimed textile junkie, and she got her fix with intricate textures and “how did she do that?” fabrics like the jewel-tone dyed fox jackets and jaunty matching hats, and a variegated cocoon coat of brushed mohair that was left long in some sections and sheared in others for a unique hand.

Devoid of bells and whistles, these were pieces that can fill a wardrobe from a casual Saturday T to the brand’s now signature “suit” — a sweatshirt or pullover and pants combo done this season in knit or leather.

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