The de­signer you need to know

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Adam Lippes may not be a house­hold name, but the Amer­i­can sports­wear de­signer is a mod­ern mas­ter of ev­ery­day lux­ury. Lippes got his start cater­ing to the Up­per East Side crowd as the late Os­car de la Renta’s right-hand man. Then in a 180-de­gree turn, he launched a suc­cess­ful cot­ton ba­sics line in 2004 (“I couldn’t leave Os­car and start a de­signer col­lec­tion— he would have mur­dered me,” he says with a laugh). Lippes’s name­sake ven­ture fol­lowed, which es­tab­lished his sim­ple ap­proach to women’s dress­ing— think un­apolo­getic colour, ex­quis­ite ma­te­ri­als and breezy sil­hou­ettes. He has since amassed a le­gion of fa­mous fans (his sep­a­rates have been spot­ted on Kerry Wash­ing­ton, Chrissy Teigen, and Gigi Ha­did) con­firm­ing the ap­peal of his pol­ished and down­right cool aes­thetic. “Huge, em­broi­dered dresses are much fun to make, but it’s not what we do,” says Lippes. “We de­sign clothes with a lot more ease.” Here, the de­signer breaks down a few stand­out looks from his Re­sort 2017 col­lec­tion. — Jil­lian Vieira

“What’s in­ter­est­ing about this anorak is that it’s con­structed in cot­ton shirt­ing.” “These are lamb­skin leather pants. I like to have a fil­ter on how I de­sign: If you can’t wear it with flats, we don’t make it.”

“I try to play with move­ment in the clothes. There are a lot of gath­ers and pleats in what we do.” ADAM LIPPES PANTS, $2,925, NORD­STROM

“Colour is su­per im­por­tant to what we do. I love colour! It’s prob­a­bly left over from om Os­car. But I also love e grey, white and navy, , so our colour pal­ette tends nds to be neu­tral then— boom— colour!”

ADAM LIPPES TOP, $1,045, NORD­STROM “This is a blood-red Sophie Hal­lette lace from France. What you don’t see is that it has an in­cred­i­ble dou­ble pleat in the back, so when she moves, it moves with her. We’re re­ally try­ing to do lace in a fun, sports­wear way.”

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