Adam Lippes knows a thing or two about pretty; he was, after all, global creative director at Oscar de la Renta for seven years.
But while Lippes’ own adam+eve line emerged in 2004 as a bank of basics, since then, not only has the name changed, but so too has its aesthetic.
In the past couple seasons, ADAM has gone back to pretty. Like, really pretty.
Perhaps it’s just another case of this season’s sartorial shift from grandeur and drama back towards minimalism and femininity. But whatever the cause for the slant towards sophistication, one thing’s for sure: Lippes is more than well trained for it.
At Saturday’s show, ADAM’s spring sundresses (in white eyelets and gauzy chiffons) fishtailed ever so slightly, subtly adding intrigue to the silhouette by tipping the hemline on an axis. Another standout was an eggshell shift with turquoise, coral, and peach stones sprinkled around the collar and drizzled ever so gently down the dress. Both looks were feminine-- but not overly precious.
Remarkably, Lippes even managed to make a red leather dress look refined by pairing its demure square cut neckline with a full, flouncy skirt. Lippes may have started his line with basics in mind, but if he can do pretty in such a palatable way, perhaps he should stay there.
**All photos by Julia Silverman.