>> At first glance, Derek Lam's Fall 2012 collection might have looked a little safe. Silhouettes were ladylike and sweetly printed — nothing too tight, too short, too bare, or too loud here. But the devil is always in the details, and, upon closer inspection, these looks were spot-on. The designer worked with some amazingly luxe-looking fabrics — woven cashmere, high-shine leather, printed satin, and metallic-threaded wools — and cut them with a slight sports-inspired slant: a long-sleeve top in cashmere was cut with raglan sleeves to resemble a sweatshirt, and there were several baseball-style zip-ups in floral satin. Lam also injected a bit of slouchiness into the mix — sleeveless cable-knit sweaters with split side seams, and floor-grazing skirts in lush silk georgette — for just a hint of undone cool. All this made for some very appealing, easy-to-wear clothing that, come next Fall, many a girl will be reaching for.