NY Closets: Liz Giardina

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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

    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.

  • monkeyshines

    amazing layering with classic pieces!


  • 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 🙂


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