Last night, we stopped by Derek Lam's (relatively) new Soho flagship to help Harper's Bazaar fete the designer and shop the latest fall wares -- with a hefty hunk of each sale benefiting Housing Works.
Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey probably put it best when she said, "Derek Lam's clothes make me feel like the woman I want to be." Indeed, it's hard to argue when Lam's entire fall collection has been so well-received and just feels so cohesive -- from ladylike coats to dazzling gold cocktail dresses, the whole store exudes confidence (in spite of some rather discombobulating curved glass throughout the space).
I asked Lam what the best-sellers of the season had been and he laughed, "The shoes you were trying on! The shoes are definitely the best-sellers."
Guilty as charged: He'd spotted me falling in love with a pair of strappy black platforms with a horn-inspired heel and a wrap-around ankle. Lam was right about the shoes -- the high-end python version of the same heel was now only available in sizes 8 and 10.
Lam's new flagship on Crosby Street -- which has only been open since May -- certainly seems to be keeping the designer in good spirits, tough economic climate nothwithstanding. "It's just so nice having the store -- having everything consolidated in one place and to have everyone here."