Adam Lippes looked to Mexican-America lowrider culture--as in, the pimped-out vehicles subculture that's currently taking over Sao Paolo, Brazil--for his spring collection.
Still, there was nothing flashy about his clothes--rendered in blues, whites, and nudes in soft, loose menswear cuts, the femininity and slinkiness was more a whisper than a shout.
But they were still heard. Sexy bandeaus done in python were softened by oversized lace tops; animal prints were muted in tones of gray or tan. A lion tattoo was turned into an over-sized print on a gauzy midi-dress.
It's the kind of low-key sophistication and incredible craftsmanship that will put Lippes in the same closets as luxury brands like The Row or Elder Statesman--the kind one buys to wear forever, rather than just to be shot during fashion week.