What’s new at Neiman Marcus Palo Alto?

By Kaye Cloutman
Images by Drew Altizer Photography

Any fashionista who’s into Spring and dainty, girly designs will blush at the ideas of vibrant bursts of color, fun textures and cuts which show off a woman’s physique in a playful but stylish way. With the weather in the Bay Area gradually improving, Neiman Marcus Palo Alto prepares shoppers for warmer temperatures so they can toss the layers and get excited for the onset of spring by bringing in esteemed personalities in the global fashion arena to showcase their current collections.

Christian Siriano

Siriano first gained attention after winning the fourth season of American reality show Project Runway, becoming the series’ youngest winner of Project Runway history. Shortly after winning Project Runway, Siriano launched his fashion line, Christian Siriano, which as of 2010 has brought in revenue of over $1.2 million.

Derek Lam

A native of San Francisco, Lam is the youngest of three children in his fourth-generation family. His parents had a business that imported clothes from Asia, and his grandparents ran a successful garment factory in San Francisco that specialized in bridal and wedding dresses. As a child he would sit with the seamstresses, “adoring the wedding gowns.”

Lam graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1990. Lam began working as an assistant for Michael Kors in the 90s and worked there for four years. Lam then moved to Hong Kong to work for a large retail brand. Following his Hong Kong experience, Derek returned to New York and was appointed vice President of Design for Michael Kors’ Kors line.

In 2003, he launched his own label. He debuted at the New York Fashion Week in September 2003. In 2005, Lam won the CFDA Perry Ellis Swarovski Award for new designers and started his own line of clothes. In addition to clothes, Derek Lam also has a line of shoes and jewelry. In February 2010, Derek Lam launched an e-commerce website selling an edited collection of ready-to-wear and accessories.

Lam is known for his pretty, girly fabrics backed by clean, crisp silhouettes. Signature pieces include raw silk sheath dresses with plunging necklines, wide-leg trousers in various wools and dainty cashmere pea coats cinched with stiff silk belts.

In addition to designing his own line, Lam works as Tod’s Creative Director for ready-to-wear and accessories.