Derek Lam on his fashion inspo.
WHO “[For fall], I was inspired by women who exude a New York sensibility and style, like Diane Keaton when she was making Woody Allen movies, Gena Rowlands and Stockard Channing. They’re smart, intel
ligent and stylish. Their nononsense chic is not necessarily about what they wore or what their characters wore but what they epitomized: a kind of fasttalking, can-get-around-town-on
her-own woman. I used these icons as a mirror so that we can remember that this is where the
modern woman comes from.” WHAT “I try to keep my eyes open to everything. Zadie Smith wrote an amazing short story in The New
Yorker. She imagined Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor leaving Manhattan on the day of 9/11, getting in a car and going. I really admire someone who can take that kind of artistry and irreverence and do it so well. Her artistry inspires
me to think outside the box.” WHERE “Tokyo always has one foot that seems historical and one that seems science fiction.”