February 04, 2007
Adam Lippes' Fall collection embraced the sporty collegiate lifea theme familiar to those who've been following his line. Cozy cable-knit sweatersenormous, and thick as duvetswere paired with slouchy tweed coats or a shrunken rain slicker. A wool trench with a tie-dye effect would make a cool cover-up for day or night, on- or off-campus. The rebel might be drawn to a patent-trimmed, cropped jacket or a gathered sack dress studded with brass spheres; the party girl would favor the cocktail dresses, particularly the black taffeta bubble with sequin trim or the triple-tiered plissé mini with glittery dots. While Lippes' vision remains fixed, his execution and materials have climbed to a higher level. Now let's hope for some deviation from the schoolgirl theme in the future.