Last night in New York, Rachel Bilson hosted a fashionable block party to celebrate Derek Lam's exclusive dress collection for eBay. The party spilled out from his Soho store onto the street, where four NYC food trucks doled out burgers, dumplings, and ice cream to partygoers, which included Zoe Kravitz and Rose Byrne. Rachel, having just landed from her whirlwind trip to France where she attended Chanel's cruise presentation, belied no signs of jet lag. She looked Summer-ready and chic in the long floral dress from Derek's eBay collection. We caught up with Derek to find out his thoughts on the final dress collection and what the five essential things every woman needs this Summer.
FabSugar: You designed a full collection, then let the people vote for what dresses they wanted. Are you happy with the results?
Derek Lam: Yes, I am. There were a lot of surprises. I thought the long dresses would be more challenging, but the black dress and the floral dress are number one. That’s what this project is about, seeing the client, the consumer, the woman who’s out there, who has amazing taste, and give her the access. We let her add to her wardrobe.
FS: What are your five Summer essentials for women?
DL: Sunblock. A flirty denim dress. A dark bikini, because I love dark bikinis on women. Probably a hat, or a visor is sexy on a girl; it’s a little sporty. And the last thing is someone fun to share the Summer with!
FS: Speaking of Summer, where do you spend it, and what are your essentials?
DL: I go to the beach a lot, because it’s close to the city and I can work from there. I always pack board shorts — I need more coverage!
Photos courtesy of Ebay PR