Derek Lam has always designed for down-to-earth women with worldly tastes. His new 10 Crosby
collection tapped into his contemporary customer's natural side with organic fabrics and a predominantly neutral color palette, which was influenced by a series of black-and-white photographs capturing Zanzibar's sandy beaches. A strapless wrapped top and relaxed wide-leg trousers were cut from hemp linen, while a loose raw-cotton trench, which appeared almost sun-bleached, was punctuated with black leather trimming. Refined sweatshirt dressing was a key concept for Resort, and 10 C design director Elizabeth Giardina continued to elevate the sporty staple this season with a bolero sweatshirt paired with white leather overalls (a standout look), as well as beautiful woven pullovers that crisscrossed over the torso. Other highlights here included graphic guipure-lace dresses and pencil skirts (reminiscent of several pieces from Lam's Spring ’13 mainline collection) and a two-in-one tailored jacket with a built-in button-up shirt. Why hasn't anyone thought of that before?