We are always dying to see what fresh and daring ensembles Diane Kruger will put together for the Berlin International Film Festival, and this year she didn't disappoint. The actress experimented with florals and stripes, a combo we've seen before, but she did it in a super-sophisticated way by pairing a black-and-white striped pencil skirt over a green floral dress by 10 Crosby Derek Lam. To cement her chic style-smarts, Diane finished off the look with yellow jeweled Giuseppe Zanotti sandals and black nail polish. Test the waters with a floral blouse and striped skirt, or vice versa, but make sure the colors play off each other to create a balanced yet fashion-forward look.
It's not unlike Diane Kruger to be among the first to start a fashion-forward trend. The style setter joined Karolina Kurkova to take skirts over dresses off the runways and into reality. While Karolina opted for Alexander Wang's Pre-Fall '12 look at a Jay-Z concert, Diane Kruger embraced the trend in her 10 Crosby by Derek Lam florals and stripes at the Berlin International Film Festival. Every season, we're introduced to new styling techniques and while fashion is all about experimentation, we're wondering: do you think the designers' new layering techniques translate well into real-life fashion? Would you ever do the skirt-over-dress thing?
Derek Lam's new venture, 10 Crosby, has fulfilled its cool-girl status for Fall '12. The third collection from the line, 10 Crosby showed plenty of bold prints, sharp tailoring, and just the right amount of femininity to please every downtown girl. Inspired by the classic holiday flick Home Alone, Lam and design director Liz Giardina envisioned what the 10 Crosby girl would wear on a snowy Winter day. With that thought in mind, the two created silky printed palazzo pants, cozy peplum cardigans, fox-fur vests, and pajama-inspired tops tempered with tailored poplin shirt dresses and sharp trousers. We especially love the chambray shirt dress and chunky peplum cardigan combo. More defining moments below, then check out the complete collection lookbook, starring Belgian beauty Hanne Gaby Odiele.
- Trends: Bold prints, palazzo pants, sheer, plaid, peplum.
- Colors: Red, nude, gray, green, brown.
- Key Piece: We love the chic structured shirt dress and gray peplum sweater combination.
- Accessories: Loafers, ankle-strap sandals, pumps, skinny belts, sling-back platform mules.
- Who Would Wear It: Girls who like polish with an edge like Olivia Palermo, Amanda Brooks, and Kate Bosworth.
>> The Japanese editors who turn up to Pitti Uomo in Florence every year — especially as snapped by Scott Schuman — were the starting point for Derek Lam's Pre-Fall 2012 collection. "In Japan, they call them fashion nerds, but to me they’re not nerdy. They’re fabulous," Lam explained. And so, coats, trousers, tops, and sheaths were sharply-tailored and done up in gorgeous Glen plaid, herringbone, and jacquard denim. But it wasn't all borrowed-from-the-boys: Lam also worked lingerie-inspired gowns, bandana-print frocks, and fluted skirts into the mix.
>> They're making their lists — and checking them twice. Here come the holidays, and who better to spread the cheer than some of our favorite fashionable insiders? From the super-luxe accessories topping Melissa Coker's and Leandra Medine's lists to the souped-up sporting goods desired by Yigal Azrouel and Peter Som, here's a look at what those in the know are coveting this season. See who's hoping for Burberry, who's hoping for Hermes, and who's just hoping for some sleep — plus, glean gift-giving ideas from Anna Sheffield, Lauren Bush Lauren, Derek Lam, Stephanie LaCava, and more — all here, in the slideshow.
We've long-loved Derek Lam's namesake label; now the designer behind the minimalist, street-cool separates and chic dressing is giving us something else to gush about. His newly launched 10 Crosby collection is another foray into covetable clothing, this time with a lower price point ($195 to $895) and ultra-wearable line of easy silhouettes and fabrics. We got a peek at the new Resort collection during a sit-down last night at Barneys — and we were charmed almost as much by 10 Crosby's silky printed pajama pants as we were by the ever-delightful designer. Read what Derek has to say about the inspiration behind the new line, the best career advice he's ever received, and his holiday wish list.
Derek on the woman he had in mind when designing 10 Crosby:
I think that was the reason I used 10 Crosby as the label. There were so many great moments where someone was walking down the street and I'm like, 'God, she's super stylish, or she's very inspiring' and that's what I kind of use as my inspirations. I think 10 Crosby the address is so unique. It's one of my favorite streets in all of New York City. It's got high design, great furniture design, great fashion designers. It's a microcosm of something that I think is very special, very unique. It's got that perfect mix that I love about New York.
On the conceptual idea of 10 Crosby and his customer:
Can I say that it's me as a feminine? Truly, I think why I'm so excited about it, about doing 10 Crosby is that it's speaking to me as a consumer and I think that's really important and I think that's what keeps me really excited.
Find out more about the collection, as well as Derek's Winter party dressing tips and what's on his holiday wish list when you keep reading.
Derek Lam's Spring 2012 collection counted modernist architect Richard Neutra as an influence, and the beauty inspiration followed suit. Hair was pulled back into ponytails with clean, smooth lines; makeup echoed the bronzes and yellows of Neutra's settings in California. Read on to see how the look came together.
We caught a bit of California cool from Derek Lam at his Spring 2012 runway show. Inspired by an imaginary mid-century modern house in Palm Springs, the clean, classic collection had a '60s spin, peppered with pops of canary yellow, coral, and bold graphic prints. To see the complete runway, watch our coverage now.