Derek Lam goes to his cozy place at Fashion Week

LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- From roomy cashmere in pale lavender to nubby boucle in a pleasing blue, there was barely an outfit on Lam's runway Sunday that you wouldn't want to curl up in.

But not all. Open slits on several dresses were held together by gold beads in colors that included navy and marine blue. They were perhaps too risky for the average girly girl, though she remains the one he loves.

He offered her a lovely shade of "lake" blue (think deep robin's egg) in a sleeveless dress and roomy coat. A cashmere crewneck sweater and boucle coat came in a pale lavender.

Lam lacquered canvas and colored it a forest green for a stiff coat that would hold up to the autumn elements and used the same technique and color for a shorter jacket.

One of his standouts was a multicolored patchwork skirt showing both leather and suede.

Known for culottes, he didn't disappoint, splitting trousers well below the knee but just short enough to protect from rain and snow.

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