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DEREK LAM + eBay One-Off Collection Review



Surprisingly, there hasn’t been a huge amount of fanfare around Derek Lam’s dress collection for eBay, DEREK LAM + eBay. In fact I’ve been fairly vocal about my excitement about Lam doing a one-off, affordable line and was surprised that a number of people I spoke with about it weren’t even aware of the collection, which is unfortunate because Lam designed some great summer dresses for the online retailer.

For those unfamiliar with the collaboration, Lam created 16 dresses (priced between $125 and $295 and sized from 0 to 16), which he presented at Lincoln Center at a morning Fashion Week presentation. Immediately following the show, shoppers everywhere were invited to view the entire collection and vote for their favorite pieces. The collective consumer voice will determine the five winning dresses that get produced and go on sale in May.


The collection includes seven silhouettes:  the shirt dress, the shift dress, the black tie dress, the t-shirt dress, the chemise dress, the sun dress, and the boho dress. The models at the show wore flat platform shoes similar to those shown by Lam in his namesake Spring 2011 collection further pointing to this style becoming a trend in the Spring. Check out the DEREK LAM + eBay film featuring the collection’s dress styles.


Personally, the five dresses I hope make it are:

  1. The indigo denim sun dress, $195
  2. The dahlia cotton poplin sun dress, $195
  3. The black cotton poplin shift dress with peplum back, $175
  4. The deep blue silk poplin tee shirt dress, $125
  5. The white cotton poplin “black tie” evening dress, $275

Photos: Vincenzo Grillo, IMAXtree.

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