Derek Lam Leaving Tod's

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Derek Lam Rumored to be Leaving Tod’s

It seems as though the early months of 2012 have been inundated with designers playing a game of musical chairs. Today the music stopped and it seems that Derek Lam is leaving Tod’s. Lam has been the creative director of Tod’s shoes and bags for six years, since 2006. This annoucement comes on the heals of other well known fashion designers Stefano Pilati leaving Yves Saint Laurent, with Hedi Slimane taking his place, and Raf Simmons saying goodbye to Jil Sander, only to have Sander come out of retirement to fill the position.

While no official announcement has been made, it is expected this week. Lam is rumoured to be leaving the luxury brand to peruse and focus on his eponymous label, launched in in 2002 (after working for Michael Kors). The New York based designer gained more recognition after being featured by American Vogue, saying Lam “caused a sensation” at New York Fashion Week. Lam continued to gain more of the spot light as as he was nominated and won the highly coveted CFDA Swarovski Perry Ellis Award for womenswear the following year, he gained notoriety as a  CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist. After a capsule collection for Tod’s in 2005, he became the official creative director. During the course of his stay at Tod’s the designer cultivated a growing fan base of top celebrities, including : Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow and First Lady Michelle Obama; as well as numerous awards.

Where Lam’s next great fashion endeavor will be be remains a mystery.  Perhaps he will apply for the still vacant position at Dior, either way fashion Collections will be keeping tabs on Mr. Lam to bring you the latest breaking news as it happens.  Stay tuned for the official release by Tod’s in the coming days, will be updating this post as more information become available.

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