On the Lam... and Loving it

“I am interested in what it means to live a contemporary life, I always consider what will work for women at this moment, and to me, this moment is about luxury without formality. Even at their most feminine, my clothes are not precious or staid.”

Derek Lam, a native of San Francisco, began his fashion career in 1990 after graduating from Parsons School of Design. Lam spent 12 years at the highest levels of American fashion as a designer for Michael Kors before starting his own label. His vision for his label is to create clothes that are both luxurious and wearable, with a feminine but unfussy beauty about them. His touch is especially sophisticated: modern but never cold, fantastical but always rational and has received abundant recognition within the fashion industry including: the CFDA Perry Ellis-Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear in 2005, the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Prize in 2005, and Accessory Designer of the Year at the 2007 CFDA Awards. His work was exhibited at the Kennedy Center’s “The New China Chic” exhibition in 2006, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibit of significant New York fashion, and the Museum at FIT ‘s “Gothic: Dark Glamour” exhibition in 2008.