Calculated simplicity and thoughtful detailing is what Derek Lam is known for in the fashion world. Derek Lam is a New York-based designer whose aesthetic is pretty meets downtown cool. From beautifully crafted sheath dresses to refined wide-leg trousers, Derek's feminine designs are a luxurious, clean and classy.
Derek spent six months studying art at the Academy of Art University and soon found himself at the Parsons School of Design in New York. Upon graduation, he joined Michael Kors and soon served as Tod’s Creative Director for the brand’s ready-to-wear line. In 2003, Derek launched his own label called Derek Lam. A brand which will be known for relaxed yet elegant vibes. He debuted at the New York Fashion Week in September 2003. Retailers such as Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, and Barneys quickly snapped up his first collections. In 2005, Lam won the CFDA Perry Ellis Swarovski Award for new designers.
Eight years after the launch of his first label, Derek Lam decided to expand his brand to include a diffusion line. In June 2011, Derek launched his second label called Derek Lam 10 Crosby. Derek Lam 10 Crosby is lower-priced, casual brand which has an unpretentious, casual sporty vibe. Derek is still faithful to his sophisticated and detailed aesthetic but Derek Lam 10 Crosby more accessible to many women. "I am interested in what it means to live a contemporary life," says Derek. "I always consider what will work for women at this moment, and to me this moment is about luxury without formality."
Derek Lam 10 Crosby is named after the address of the Derek Lam International, LLC headquarters in downtown Manhattan, where Derek finds much of his inspiration for the new label. This line has a younger spirit than Derek's first label, and he strove to incorporate things that he could not use in his main collections. Derek Lam 10 Crosby has more sensible fabrics for every day wear, slouchier shapes, prints, and vivid colors that brings out a young vibrant vibe.
Not all diffusion lines are successful, but Derek Lam 10 Crosby has grown rapidly and accounts for 60 percent of the Derek’s business according to a rep for the company. In addition to the store, the line has also expanded to include shoes and handbags. Its success owes partly to its broad appeal and easy-to-wear pieces.
Here are our favorite shoes from the Derek Lam 10 Crosby collection and how you can style them: dresses to refined wide-leg trousers, Lam's feminine designs are a luxurious t
1. Alma Ankle Boots Taupe
These Alma boots by Derek Lam 10 Crosby are constructed from supple nappa leather for the ultimate look and feel. The square toe is versatile and classic with a side zip closure. The mid-shaft height is current, while the wooden heel adds both comfort and style.
Pair it with Topshop Square Neck Cullotte Jumpsuit by Glamorous Petites.
2. Lara Suede Shearling Zip Sneakers
The Lara sneakers in a stone shade feature a sport suede shearling construction. It's lined with cozy shearling and made trendy with the bold platform sole. The front zip closure is convenient and adds a stylish accent to this casual style.
Pair it with agnes b. White T-shirt Ironie and Oasap Pleated Chiffon Braces Skirt
3. Piper Velvet Loafers
The Piper shoe by Derek Lam 10 Crosby is a beautiful velvet loafer flat that is both comfortable and incredibly stylish. The midnight blue hue pairs well with every color and the velvet construction adds a subtle sheen.
Pair it with Balmain Denim Trousers and Acne Studios Java Zip Side Chunky Wool Knit Sweater
4. Sienna Loafer Suede Pumps
Sienna platform pumps are beautiful heeled loafer constructed from fine black suede. The platform and block heel add comfort, while the front panel adds subtle detailing. Wear this style for a classic yet trendy addition to your outfit.
Pair it with Michael Kors Bow Tie Neck Blouse and Thom Browne Hector Embroidered Suspender High Waist Pants
5. Greta Platform Loafers
The effortless way to elevate your street-side style, the Greta Platform Loafers from Derek Lam 10 Crosby blends a traditional wingtip design with brogue detail. Butter-soft leather lining and a leather-covered cushioned insole surround your foot in comfort.
Pair it with Finders Keepers Fly Away Cropped Blouse and Etre Cecile Crop Girlfriend Denim Jeans