NEW YORK, Feb 15, 2009 / FW/ — Designer Adam Lippes dodged the current trend of super-structured and androgynous looks seen at Yigal, Wang, and Nicolas K, for an ultra-feminine collection inspired by Japanese paintings and, ironically, warrior garb.
Lippes refused to let black dominate his runway, draping models in flowy silks in raspberry, navy, cream, gray, and even bright turquoise tops embellished with cherry blossoms. Lippes’s all-American touch came with the use of fall fabric staple plaid in large, soft, gingham prints on coats and a miniskirt.
Bulky knits and over sized blazers revealed loose fitting silk separates such as high-waist, peg leg trousers and sheer tops with large bows at the neck. The warrior inspiration could be seen in the mini-dresses and gowns covered in metallic sequins that resembled chainmail armor.
The most beautiful piece stood alone as the only major use of fur (faux) in the collection, a gorgeous gold collared jacket that seemed to glow from within as it caught the light to become almost metallic.
While the collection was impeccably styled and the inspiration was apparent, the show wasn’t the most memorable, especially when competing with the studs, Swarovski, and shoulder pads seen elsewhere. However, most women will find the pieces super wearable and able to fit in with their current wardrobes. Mature 30-somethings will appreciate his new take on sophisticated separates while party girls of any age will be proud to rock the not-your-average sequined minis.
Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week