As improbable fashion inspirations go, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Seventies off-court style for Derek Lam’s resort lineup ranks as a surprise. Lam explained: “I love that he’s all arms and legs and he had great urban style in the Seventies, and then when he got into dashikis, he had that kind of ethnic travel energy.” If mostly abstract, the reference was discernible in the elongated, fluid proportions of loose, liquid trousers; a spare white, structured tunic over a clingy green knit dress and a pale pink djellaba-inspired maxi with a tasseled tie-neck that worked the chic side of boho.
Lam said his clientele truly wants a vacation wardrobe as well as city clothes from the resort collection. He gave them the best of both worlds with relaxed dresses and artisanal details, as well as polished sportswear, and a few fabulous blond fox furs. Not every getaway is to a warmer climate.