Runway Report: Derek Lam

Lam's latest outing was as American as apple pie, with blown-up blue gingham, pencil skirts and collegiate chambray trench coats.

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Derek Lam's gingham girl on teh runway at New York Fashion Week.
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There's always something appealingly preppy about Derek Lam's collections, but this season the mood was as American as apple pie, with oversized gingham checks, polished silhouettes and splashes of sunshine yellow. The opening look—a V-necked sundress in blue check with a (highly practical) bandeau across the chest—set the cheerful, working-girl-on-a-picnic tone for the rest of the show.
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Lam's belted shells looked polished and grown-up when teamed with wide-leg trousers and strappy sandals.
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The juxtaposition of contrasting black and blue ginghams made this sophisticated ensemble one of our favorites.
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There was a whiff of Japanese simplicity in Lam's white cotton separates—exactly the kind of thing you want hanging in your wardrobe when cool spring temperatures suddenly turn hot.
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It would be hard not to look like a woman who has things pretty figured out in Lam's rounded-shoulder top and matching fluted skirt.
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This strapless dress in sunshine yellow is the epitome of "easy" spring dressing.
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A floaty white halter gown with a belted waist was a clear nod to the hosts of spring brides that will be trolling the racks six months from now.
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Skirts just below the knee are big news for spring '14, and Lam knows nothing completes the look like a classic, belted trench.
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The designer dressed up a casual knotted cotton skirt with a sculptural off-white jacket and boxy off-white top.
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If you buy one lightweight trench for spring, make it Lam's dark navy chambray number with deep front pockets and a waist-cinching belt.
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