2009 May 7

The Pursuit of Crosby Street

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(NEW YORK) "It is very exciting to watch Derek in this situation," said Diego Della Valle last night, as Lam unveiled his first freestanding retail store on Crosby Street. The sentiment was felt by all the designer's blue-chip fans, including nearly every major editrix--Robbie Myers, Anna Wintour, Glenda Bailey and Stefano Tonchi. "We're creating an entire Derek Lam retail footprint," the designer explained while standing in the tented doorway, embracing Brian Atwood and Phillip Lim. "Our atelier is moving upstairs!" he laughed. "And my apartment is just three blocks away. I'll be spending a lot of time checking in."

The boutique, which was designed by architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA, is stocked with Lam's Spring 2009 collection, which includes everything from ready-to-wear to his highly-lauded handbag business.  Ten percent of all profits from May sales will be donated to the New Museum, which Sejima and Nishizawa also designed.

"I went on the vicodin diet," joked Anne Slowey of her svelte physique. Elle's FKIT was on crutches due to a recent knee surgery, which also required an inspiring footwear choice--gold Comme des Garcons harlequin-style flats, each decked out with a cherry pom-pom. "The crutches are my excuse," she explained. Zanna Roberts, Roopal Patel, Julie Gilhart and Fern Mallis indulged in lychee martinis and passed appetizers until an A-list arrival threw the photographers into a frenzy. When Rihanna christens your store, well, watch out, Establishment Types. "It is a little strange, thinking of myself as a brand," said Lam, whose advertisements began appearing on New York City taxi cabs last month. "But now, when I don't see them, I wonder, where are they?"

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