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NEW YORK — Unabashed femininity — Derek Lam knows it well. His spring show was full of ladylike looks that included carnation-print skirts and jackets. For fall, Lam was drawn to a warp-print silk from Clerici Tessuto. “What I found...

NEW YORK — Unabashed femininity — Derek Lam knows it well. His spring show was full of ladylike looks that included carnation-print skirts and jackets. For fall, Lam was drawn to a warp-print silk from Clerici Tessuto. “What I found inspiring about this particular fabric was the old-world technique used to create a beautifully blurred, feminine, floral design,” he says. “It renders the floral so abstract as to read almost like a contemporary camouflage pattern.” Here, in a first look at fall, he sketches it in an anorak with a quilted natural mink lining, worn with a silk dress. For more on fall, see photospread Best Face Forward.

This story first appeared in the January 13, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.