There's something about Derek Lam that always screams individualistic simplicity. It was there this season in beautifully tailored trousers featuring oversized cuffs and sleeveless trenches that revealed an open back when they passed. It's the idea that you can walk through a Lam store and say "I have that in my closet already, but his version is so much better."
Amongst the pieces Lam did better than the versions you have now: a pair of beautiful Shetland trench coats with wide, bowl-like collars and sensible hoods at the back. There was also his play with proportions that saw him balloon trousers in a way that is sure to blow any wide legged options you may have on tap out of the water. See the pair matched with the jacket of the same tweed crepe in look 19 or the navy pair, striped and in crepe georgette in look 29. Oh, and the shoes. From slick, slightly heeled loafers to mules and even crocodile pumps -- one hair calf ankle boot was on view -- the shoes were a definite high point. There was a misstep or two, namely in a grey wool and cashmere top that sort of wrapped rather haphazardly around the shoulders in look 24, as well as a two-piece jumpsuit where the trousers seemed to start mere inches away from the bottom of the bust. But other than those two, totally better than your closet.