We never heard this one before: At his presentation this morning, Derek Lam reported he was inspired by the Eddie Murphy comedy Coming to America. Actually, let's call it a loose inspiration. Lam isn't the kind of designer to play for giggles; his signature brand of American sportswear is more chic than tongue-in-cheek. But Resort does find him in a playful mood, teaming a leopard print and a giraffe motif on a sleeveless A-line shift and draping a printed silk sarong into a flirty cocktail number.
Lam explained that retailers are asking for urban dressing at Resort time, so though the genesis of these clothes was "safari," the results were city-ready. The denim pieces looked sharp despite their soft, sun-washed feel. And a loose-fitting black leather and nylon all-in-one made a worthy addition to his back catalog of great-looking jumpsuits. Coming soon to a high-end department store near you.