Derek Lam's elegant, versatile basics find an East End home at Intermix in Southampton.
Derek Lam defines Hamptons style as “laid-back luxe”—which makes the East End a perfect match for his designs. Intermix agrees, having decided to carry his Pre-Fall and Fall lines for the first time in its Southampton store this summer. Full of warm yellows and bold turquoise, wide-legged pants and classic shirtdresses, Lam’s collections easily transition from city to beach.
“I always love how well they edit the must-have items of the season,” Lam says of Intermix. As for his new collections, “Pre-Fall is about color, texture, and silhouettes that have an ease for summer dressing but a sophisticated look. Fall, like Pre-Fall, is about tapestry textures, but dialed-up, in velvet and very bold pieces in red and heliotrope.”
A point of pride for Lam—a design he calls “authentic”— is the Jane, an indigo-wash cropped flare jean that’s part of a new denim collection from his 10 Crosby line. He’s also excited about an abstract animal print, available in both yellow- and turquoise-based color combinations, that appears throughout the Pre-Fall pieces. “In a slipdress with a full skirt, it’s ideal to wear at more casual occasions but easily dresses up,” he explains. Another turquoise piece is a chic off-the-shoulder blouse that Lam created with yearlong wearability in mind.
Functionality and adaptability are critical to Lam’s brand, which is beloved for items that are both striking and timeless. “In the Hamptons, dressier pieces always look great paired with an amazing jean or a cozy sweater,” he says. “It’s about mixing the casual and offhand with a luxurious standout piece.”
And while the Gramercy Park resident doesn’t get to spend much time on the beach, when he does, he knows just where to go for inspiration. “I have plenty of friends who graciously invite me over for weekend visits,” Lam says. “My favorite scenery is looking across the lawns toward the Maidstone. It’s classic Hamptons.” 64 Main St., Southampton, 631-283- 8510; intermixonline.com