What do women really need from fashion? That was the question that Derek Lam wanted to answer with his intimate runway show. “They love fashion, but they are busy-busy,” said the designer during a speech to introduce his fall collection, which offered a realistic wardrobe for dynamic, modern women. Lam explored quite reassuring territory, offering a range of women’s staples with a twist, for a lineup that didn’t look basic or banal. Trenchcoats worked both in a textured floral tapestry fabric and in leather were cinched at the waist with belts with sleek, metallic buckles. Leather was also crafted into a flared skirt worn with a fitted knit top, while fluid silk blouses and dresses were trimmed with micro ruffles for a romantic touch. A more sporty feel was introduced via wide-leg pants with high-cuffs, while a striped fox vest and a mink fur coat with a dégradé effect exuded comfortable luxury. Matte jersey was used for chic yet practical asymmetric skirts and fluid dresses punctuated by metallic studs. Even if Lam didn’t push any boundaries or explore any hypercreative options, this collection looked elegant and sophisticated with its laid-back attitude.