Derek Lam says of his collections: "I always consider what will work for women at this moment, and to me this moment is about luxury without formality. Even at their most feminine, my clothes are not precious or staid." Defined by a blend of minimal design and feminine sensuality, Lam's collections take inspiration from classic American sportswear. After graduating from Parsons School of Design in 1990, Lam spent twelve years working at Michael Kors before launching his own eponymous label. The Derek Lam heels collection is elegant yet edgy. Stunning, feminine shapes are given a tough-luxe touch with crisscrossed straps, metallic buckles, contrasting textures and animal prints.