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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