On the Runway

New York Fashion Week: Smart daywear at Derek Lam; graphic prints at Preen

Hard to believe its already my 4th day at NYFW, but I’m already off to Derek Lam at the Lincoln Center. Today is another full day; I’m clocking shows for Preen, DKNY, Tory Burch, Tommy Hilfiger, and as many as I can fit in between!

Synonymous with effortless method to daywear, Lam plays with new fabrics to enhance movement and wearability in a season that is naturally inclined to heavier materials. The show features a myriad of outwear styles; pea coat, toggle sleeveless overcoat, capes. So far this season smart dress pants have played a prominent role and Lam serves them up bootcut or wide-leg in plaid or colour-blocked with a stripe down the side. Everything is pulled-together and easy to wear without being minimal. Excellent city-to-country options.

It’s a remarkable thing to see clothes that can both inspire you and can also be found on a store rack, as was the case with Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. Fine design and commercial appeal are merged in layered graphic prints and patterns, geometric shapes and a recurring 3-D cube form. Crew neck sweaters looked proper over collared skirts and under suit jackets. The collection broke into clean tailored solids in rich navy and sapphire blue with a savvy way to wear a mid-length skirt: in a tulip silhouette with a high-cut slit, encouraging a longer hemline without hindering mobility. What’s certainly developing as a key item for the season is the transparent blouse. Sounds hard to pull off, but for the real-world way, choose an embellished one for minimal peek-a-boo (as seen at Preen) or layer a cami or bodysuit underneath.

More from Day 4: Menswear at Max Azria; madcap at Max Azria

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