At first glance, the Derek Lam Fall 2012 collection is not what fans are typically used to seeing from the talented designer, who has become a staple during New York Fashion Week.

Lam told Style.com that his latest collection is "[t]houghtful, quiet, a little more sober." In fact, the floral prints in the line were influenced by a frontispiece of an old book that he had happened to stumble across. If that doesn't scream (or rather, whisper) subdued, then what does?

Thankfully, the Derek Lam Fall 2012 collection is far from boring. In fact, it is more "librarian with a twist." For instance, the models sported bouffants and smoky cat eyes. Sure, peacoats were present, but they were made of trendy shearling. Sweaters were cashmere, and pencil skirts were patent leather. Not exactly your typical librarian outfit.