Derek Lam’s known for his modern, luxe take on sportswear, but for S/S 13, the designer gave his collection a decidedly retro slant. Lam favored the ‘60s and ‘70s, referencing the paintings of famed portraitist Barkley L. Hendricks as well as films from that same era, in his crisp, elegant silhouettes and vintage color palette. Just take a look at his ladylike cuts, channeling demure sophistication without seeming prim, and the shades of mustard, moss green, and burgundy that popped up on everything from midi skirts to tailored trousers. At the same time, Lam also utilized the clean, functional lines inspired by the Bauhaus movement to inform sleek leather pieces and boxy coats, the kind of clothes we expect to see on stylephiles everywhere this season. Click through our slideshow to see what else influenced Lam and shop his gorgeous collection.
Photo:Barkley L. Hendricks and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Lam was captivated by the ‘70s-era paintings of portraitist Barkley L. Hendricks, which resulted in retro silhouettes and madras plaid prints.
Black Sleeveless Leather Top ($1750)
Shift Dress With Pleated Hem ($1850)
Shift dresses and crewneck shirts reworked in brightly colored macramé gave off a distinctly hippie-inspired feel (think: Leigh Taylor-Young in the 1968 romantic comedy I Love You, Alice B. Toklas).
Multi Snake Freda Sandals ($498)
Ikat-Embroidered Mesh Top ($990)
Over-the-knee leather skirts were chic and modern, but upon closer inspection, they also evoked Lauren Hutton’s feminine style circa the 1974 film The Gambler.
Sun Leather Bijou Sandals ($528)
Cocoa Snake Francis Handbag ($1450)
Classic essentials, like a tan trench coat, were reimagined with boxy, futuristic proportions, recalling Eva Bartok’s look in the 1952 movie Spaceways.
Cavalry Cotton Trench Coat ($1990)
Cavalry Trench ($1990)
Fittingly, a few party-appropriate pieces closed the show, like pencil skirts and a dress swathed in 3-D confetti-inspired paillettes.
Jacquard-Trimmed Bouclé Top ($1490)
Turquoise Ripley Sunglasses ($285)
Slick leather pieces and geometric designs offered Lam’s interpretation of the Bauhaus aesthetic, a modernist art school renowned for sharp, clean lines.
Boot Leg Trouser ($590)