September 05, 2008
Not even a last-minute tropical storm-induced shift indoors could ruffle Adam Lippes' feathers. "I think the colors will pop even more against all this brown," he said of his 11th-hour venue, a Victorian Gothic church in Chelsea. And pop they did, in hues inspired by Museum of Modern Art's color-chart exhibit earlier this year. Lippes was at his best when he kept it bright and uncomplicatedwith a cerulean georgette gown, for example (a shorter version in amber was also nice). Other standouts included a pair of groovy shift dresses, one embroidered with a rainbow of molded plastic beads and another with clear Lucite shapes that swished like fringe down the catwalk. With the exception of some distracting straps and buckles, this solid collection should spell fair weather ahead for Lippes.