“Wardrobe essentials” — that’s how Derek Lam billed his approach to pre-fall, which featured a slew of no-fuss dress, trouser and outerwear staples. “But this doesn’t mean boring,” Lam added, zeroing in on the fur- and leather-trim details on a sturdy wool felt coat. Prints punched things up — more graphic and clean than in seasons past — best seen in an arty ikat pattern on a belted silk and wool jacquard dress. “I call this the lunar ikat,” quipped Lam, “in ‘Avatar’ blue.”


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