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NYFW Spring 2012: Derek Lam's Mid-Century Modern Dream

The Scene: Everyone was there, but my favorite two sightings were Carine Roitfeld, who walked in solo while talking on her phone and being heavily photographed and Bill Cunningham—in his iconic blue street cleaner jacket—who scanned the crowd with a huge grin on his face. Is there anyone in this industry that I love more than Bill? No.

The Look: I’m going to quote Derek Lam. You know, the designer? “When I'm doing a little California dreamin’, I'm in a beautifully appointed Mid-Century home, like the Kaufmann house in Palm Springs by Richard Neutra," he said in the program notes. "The clean minimal interior, the wide open desert landscape, the informality of living in nature yet also sheltered in rational and soul warming architecture; that is my mind wandering to a place of salubrious comfort. But it’s not all strict lines and raw space. Somewhere, there is Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack crooning by the piano and Angie Dickenson is lounging by a crystal blue pool. Mid-Century louche and luxury, in my dreams..."

The Pieces We Loved: ALL of the collars! The black and white knit tank, the green and white semi A-line skirt, the beaded dresses and the sateen trousers.

A Mid-Century modern inspired show is my kind of show. Expect to see this as the theme of MANY of my spring fashion stories!

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