Adam Lippes

WWD Digital Daily - - The Reviews - — J.I.

This was a beau­ti­ful col­lec­tion by Adam Lippes — ev­ery fab­ric, ev­ery fin­ish­ing, ev­ery de­tail highly con­sid­ered and care­fully crafted. The per­fect ex­am­ple: the black silk blazer with an­tique Art Deco crys­tal but­tons lined in silk. “It's prob­a­bly my fa­vorite piece,” Lippes said dur­ing a pre­view of the lineup. “I know it's a black blazer but it's the qual­ity, the fin­ish­ing.

Our shapes are never crazy.”

True to his point, a lot of the pieces were de­rived from clas­sics — trenches, jump­suits, shirt­ing, hand­knits — el­e­vated with spe­cial de­tails, like flo­ral prints done from blown up, blurry 35-mm. ex­pired film, and a silk cot­ton peas­ant dress with a full skirt and ac­cen­tu­ated waist. But he also pushed big, fan­tas­ti­cal vol­umes on dresses, gowns and even a cape that had a folk­loric, fairy-tale qual­ity in­spired by Roberto Pere­galli in­te­ri­ors. The lace on a white em­broi­dered tulle dress — vo­lu­mi­nous pleats strung from del­i­cate spaghetti straps — was some of the pret­ti­est seen this sea­son. The evening­wear was ul­tra-fem­i­nine, girl­ish even but han­dled with so­phis­ti­ca­tion so that an adult woman could wear it with­out feel­ing in­fan­tile.

Lippes knows what his woman wants. He's done 20 store vis­its all over the coun­try — Chicago, Dal­las, Penn­syl­va­nia, etc. — in the past eight weeks, meet­ing his cus­tomers in the flesh, learn­ing who they are, what they want. They have places to go, en­joy dress­ing up in lux­ury for the oc­ca­sion but want some­thing that not ev­ery­one else has. Lippes de­liv­ers.

Adam Lippes

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