Adam Lippes’ increasingly global customer base led him to pull references and fabrics from all over the world, resulting in a beautiful fall lineup shown once again in his Greenwich Village townhouse, where a rally for women’s rights was beginning to assemble nearby in Washington Square Park. (Lippes created handmade protest signs for an early morning photo shoot with his models, who would undoubtedly be the chicest girls at any political rally.)
While designing the collection, Lippes took a two-week trip to India, where he worked with a local printmaker in Jaipur on a floral pattern. Printed onto fluid silk and featuring hand-painted gold accents, Lippes worked the fabric into a one-shoulder scarf dress accented with tiered layers of gold fringe and a long-sleeve wrap dress nipped at the waist with a belt designed by Dezso’s Sara Beltran. He also placed a new emphasis on tailoring; a great-looking pale pink silk corduroy blazer could be buttoned across the body for a more nipped waist, and worn with trousers to match. Elsewhere, his pink and magenta floral brocade opera coat, with matching stiletto knee boots designed with Manolo Blahnik, was a knockout.
Another reference for Lippes this season was the South Korean erotic thriller “The Handmaiden,” a sensation at the recent Cannes Film Festival; he modeled a creamy ivory cashmere hand-knit sweater with matching leggings after a look he saw in the film. Throughout, Lippes showcased the quiet luxury for which he’s become known. A silk velvet skirt with a Chantilly lace underlay poking out from beneath, worn with an oversize cashmere sweater, captured it superbly.