Who knew austerity could look so sexy and upbeat. I’m referring solely to the demure necklines deftly applied throughout the entire collection presented by Derek Lam. Cute buttoned up school collars, rectangular scoops on pinafores and neater than neat jewel necklines that graced the base of the neck. Pleated skirts were made from stenciled and laminated cotton that was used again to accentuate curves on the front panels of dresses. The colours and prints evoked the 70s yet mapped across Scandinavian summers via powdered blues, faded beige, tangerine, navy and sand that recall the inherent style that many chic Swedish women seem to carry lightly throughout everything that they wear and create. Further on this theme, the balanced feminity in this selection shows off the ultimate luxury also highly honoured in Nordic countries, a healthy, lightly tanned body. In all a sleek, surely one of the most well thought out collections by the young Lam, bravo.