Adam Lippes hit a trifecta for pre-fall: a great signature look (apparent in each collection), a history of sales success (at both wholesale and retail) and the ability to evolve (consistently, season after season).
In this collection, his interest shifted to fabrics, as both “craft” and “core.” His main inspiration — the latticelike bamboo forms of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma — was visible in the sheer and lined-lace dresses as well as the back and side details on shirts, jackets and long skirts. Belted leather and mink jackets also echoed the Asian influence. “I use fur only when it feels right for a particular collection,” Lippes said. Apparently, this season’s pink sheared-mink shorts had just the right vibe for him.