As we walk through the penthouse of the Maritime Hotel, Adam Lippes is welcoming his guests with open arms, eager to share his new collection with the masses. Two rolling racks frame the sliding door that lead to the wrap around terrace where models stand smiling, clad in the designers new goods – and why wouldn’t they be? With long and lean silhouettes, luxurious fabrics and an easy-to-wear mentality from the designer himself, there’s no reason NOT to be happy with this Spring 2014 delivery.
The use of various fabrications along with exquisite construction have always been key elements for Adam Lippes, and this collection was no different. Crisp menswear inspired looks melted the lines between masculine and feminine in an encrusted collared dress shirt with a tuxedo-type shirt tail as well as a triple pleated bibbed blouse with a dome collar stud at center front neck. In the end however it was the manipulation of his wide-range of fabrics that kept our heads turning for a second look. There was lace for wide-legged culottes, leather that was cut-out and re-embroidered for a black and white mini-skirt, worn-in washed chambrays that put other denim to shame; while leather embellished neoprene mini-dresses and double faced silk tank dresses – along with plunging v-neck jumpsuits paired with croc embossed bandeau tops – drove home the hand-detailed sophistication of the collection as a whole.
So where did the inspiration come from for such chic and covetable pieces? Why, Brazil and Mexican low-rider culture, but of course. And those fabulous prints? Adam tells us, “They had the most amazing tattoos all over their arms. So we took the idea and blew up the print to create what you see here.” This jacquard of sorts could be found in neoprene floor length dress coats and high waisted precisely constructed shin length skirts. All-in-all, this may not be what the low-rider culture could have envisioned for themselves, but Lippes converts it to his upscale American sportswear aesthetic flawlessly.