February 10, 2013 New York
He emphasized ease and simplicity with sportswear staples, including a sweeping navy military topcoat, as well as a sharp vest-and-trousers set shown with a silk tie-neck blouse—all in crisp winter white—that was a new way to wear a suit. To help get the fit just right, Lippes brought in a menswear tailor. ("They know how to make a jacket," he explained.) He also experimented with innovative fabrics like a duchesse satin bonded with French lace, which was cut into a cool skirt that stood away from the body. Paired with a gauzy sweater featuring subtle mesh inserts, the look was casual yet elegant, and suggested a promising fresh start for Lippes.