With this pre-fall lookbook, Derek Lam 10 Crosby creative director Kate Wallace is introducing a new editorial concept called 10×10. Starting with this collection, each upcoming lookbook will feature a “real woman” that inspires the 10 Crosby team, who will also be featured in an interview series of the same name. Up first is Glorietta Reantaso, a movement artist.
“It goes back to the idea of putting our woman at the center of everything we do,” said Wallace, who is two seasons in at the label. Wallace has a sincere understanding of the realities of the women who wear her clothes. At 10 Crosby, “commercial” isn’t a bad word; rather it’s the utmost compliment, one that translates into “desirable.” Such is the case with Wallace’s new denim fabrications: one in tencel, which was introduced last season, and another one in linen, which is new—both feel lived-in and ready for the summer. The tailoring this season is influenced by the 1930s, as evidenced by a charming shawl lapel jacket with short pleated sleeves.
Wallace’s primary reference this season was a dance piece by the late choreographer Pina Bausch, titled “Agua” (water in Spanish) and created in 2001 during a residency in Brazil. Wallace translated the starting point most compellingly into a floral jacquard that was printed with more foliage on top. There’s a lightness to Wallace’s hand, one she should be sure to harness as she tackles her first cold-weather lineup in February.