December 14, 2010 New York
The entire collection was inspired, Lippes noted, by Wirtz International, the Belgian landscape architecture firm. Looking like the land—is that what women want? But Lippes made it work, with inky, painterly prints resembling wood bark and flowers, and delicate pleating that calls to mind, he said, Wirtz's angular designs. The pleating, as well as quilting (on a cotton vest and leather jacket), will recur for Fall, Lippes hinted. For evening, he whipped up a flowered version of a showstopper from Spring: a sheer bodice that explodes around the bust line into a voluminous, floor-length floral skirt. You might have to be the size of his showroom model to pull off that much fabric, alas, but there's no beating it for drama.