September 15, 2005 New York
As retro as it sounds, what made the collection right for modern-day city dwellers was its ease. Sure, a pencil skirt is sexy, but a paper-bag-waist skirt made from cotton voile eyelet is irresistibly weightless. In which one would you rather walk a mile? Lam's Empire-waist gowns in crinkle chiffon seemed to float down the runway, a counterpoint in a season when many designers have gone heavy on the ornamentation, especially for night. If a complaint can be made, it's that a lot of what he showed looked rather young for the prices they will command.