NY Closets: Liz Giardina
04.13.15

Liz Giardina, Derek Lam 10 Crosby’s Vice President of Design, was a total selfie novice prior to this exercise. She caught on fast, though, and one thing became apparent: where many designers adopt a uniform for the sake of focusing on their lines, Liz is a dresser; a real outfit-wearer. It’s this inherent sense of personal style, this love of clothes combined with her real-woman understanding of what it means to dress for a city that doesn’t always make life easy, that projects itself directly into the 10 Crosby line.

And it’s Liz’s NY Closet — 7 days of photographing herself in urban armor — that tells us a little bit more about the woman behind the fantastic, newly-minted mirror face.

Monday:

End of the day and I’m at the studio. Wearing a vintage men’s hat, a Derek Lam 10 Crosby faux pony coat (the fabric is from an innovative Italian mill – it’s still one of my favorite 10C pieces!) a Derek Lam 10 Crosby knit, Nili Lotan pants,  and Derek Lam clogs.  I’ve been carrying this Derek Lam 10 Crosby backpack every day since it came out for Pre-Fall 2014 – it suits my unfussy style and high-energy lifestyle.

Tuesday:

Here I am at the studio, wearing a Proenza Schouler cropped knit, a Ralph Lauren wool pleated skirt which I adore (it’s made from a heavy men’s suit wool and makes a huge pool of fabric when I sit down), and Derek Lam 10 Crosby boots.

Wednesday:

Feel like this ensemble would be perfect for an afternoon tea after horse-back riding. That is not my life, but that’s what I was pretending it was this morning.

Derek Lam coat, Derek Lam blazer, Derek Lam 10 Crosby shirt, a Marc Jacobs leather belt, Levis jeans, and Derek Lam 10 Crosby heels.

Thursday:

A fairly simple fashion day, but I like the proportion on this cropped Derek Lam 10 Crosby  jacket with this oversized Derek Lam 10 Crosby shirt. These Repetto booties are the most comfortable heels I have ever worn. Jeans are Levi’s.

Friday:

My grandparents bought these matching Swanndri ponchos in New Zealand. They loved to travel and there are truly touching photos of them wearing their matching ponchos throughout that trip. I had the poncho made into a coat and I wear it often in the winter – it reminds me of them and I love that! I had this Swanndri buffalo plaid coat reworked from a piece my grandparents bought in the 70s. I’m also wearing my grandmother’s 1950s Pringle cashmere sweater and Derek Lam 10 Crosby pants.

Saturday:

A dear friend was back from four months in Brazil — his return needed to be celebrated in a big way — so I pulled out the head-to-toe lamé. These pants are from our first season of Derek Lam 10 Crosby. A colleague and I both wore them to the same work event and someone asked us if we were the entertainment. We had a good laugh about that.

Blazer, shirt and heels are all Derek Lam 10 Crosby.

Sunday:

I tried these sunglasses on at the 10 Crosby store on Mercer street and fell in love. Purchased. Done. This coat from Pre-Fall 2014 got me through this winter – it is the warmest coat I have ever worn.

Vintage hat, Pologeorgis mink scarf, Levi’s, Derek Lam 10 Crosby leather backpack and Doc Martens.

Jewels:

Jewelry is very important to me, especially rings and bracelets.  The lineup changes often but very subtly. It usually takes a few months to evolve into a totally different look.  For at least 20 years I wore a lot of chunky silver – mostly rings – but when I got engaged I scaled it back a bit. I wonder how long that will last?

I generally wear pieces that have a lot of significance – either they were pieces that have been in my family for a long time or gifts from important people in my life. It is too personal to go through every piece – but this is what my hands have looked like lately. Clearly getting a manicure is not as important!

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  • Really digging Friday’s majestic pose! I’ve bought so many Derek Lam/10 Crosby pieces since I found out about The Real Real, so it’s really awesome to see how Liz works them into her style. Is the engagement ring new or a family piece? If it’s new, I’d love to know who made it! My boyfriend and I have been talking about getting engaged, so of course I’m all over the rings these days.

  • NOT a New Yorker

    Question: Is New York a bag-pack friendly city?

    • Amelia Diamond

      yes! a lot of people wear them.

      • Catalina

        Where are the good ones at tho? I almost posed this question on my FB today… but I think it maybe better suited here:

        “I need a backpack. Where can a girl get a ~*~fAsHuNaBLe~*~bookbag/backpack that can still carry workout clothes, a book, wallet, and a macbook? Where does this unicorn of a bag exist? NOTE: North Face is not a correct answer.”

  • She has some great style! Wish my closet had some of these pieces in it

    http://www.littleblackshell.com

  • Love her style! Always love to see a designer behind the scenes.

    xo,
    Alice / The Inconnue Blog / The Inconnue Etsy

  • Ana Amaro

    Loved Liz outfits! Good to know her better since Derek Lam/ 10 Crosby is one of my favourite brands!

  • Stephanie

    Love, love, love the jewelry pic! Such detail often gets lost in selfies.

  • HA! I was thinking “Nice Swanndri” and then I read her comments and they actually are GENUINE Swanndri – nice.
    Seriously though, that sh*ts nice and toasty.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
    http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.nz/

  • monkeyshines

    amazing layering with classic pieces!

    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  • Marina

    The shoes from Wednesday’s outfit are perfect, but the link directs me to the wrong shoes. Any help on identifying them?

  • ola

    A well thought wardrobe! Especially the jacket and gold pants! Love it 🙂

    http://lifestylebyola.blogspot.com/2015/04/white-shirt-dress-1.html

    check this out!

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