September 09, 2012 New York
Lam's other preoccupation this season was craft. In addition to that macramé, there was brightly hued guipure lace on a midriff-revealing top and a matching midi skirt. Other pieces were made from what looked like a lacquered basket weave. They showed off Lam's gorgeous color sense—black, with sunny yellow and fatigue green—even if they looked familiar from other runways. Meanwhile, large holographic paillettes embroidered on the front panels of skirts felt flashier than the rest of the collection—a grasp, perhaps, for last season's embellishment trend, which is already looking tired. Like we said at the beginning, Lam excels at polished sportswear. We would've traded in all of those paillettes put together for just one more of his inventive trenches.