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ADAM, Elizabeth Street’s Newest Resident


“I want our stores to be a real environment where you can hang out, like a house,” says designer Adam Lippes, who opens his newest boutique today in Nolita. “Elizabeth Street is so beautiful and vibrant; it’s a place people like to go and have brunch.”

Brunchers will now be able to pick up Lippes’ namesake collection, as well as his collaborations with the jewelry label Lulu Frost and the handbag line he’s set to launch, which will be hanging on the racks at the new 1,008-square-foot space at 211 Elizabeth Street. Lippes included the same design elements from his Hudson Street store, like a hand-picked selection of antiques, photos (mostly from Lippes’ personal collection), and books, to create a similar cozy atmosphere in his second Manhattan outpost. On Thursday, the designer, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, and filmmaker Tracy Antonopoulos will all be on hand to celebrate the official opening of the store with a Fashion’s Night Out bash. As for his next shop, the downtown designer is looking to make the move uptown.

Photos: John Aquino

The Pre-Fall Halftime Report


Like Resort before it, pre-fall is expanding, moving from what used to be a transitional offering into something that looks more like a full-fledged collection. As we’ve been going on pre-fall appointments and speaking with designers these past few weeks, everyone agrees that the collections are bigger, the demand greater, and the interest from the press stronger than in seasons past. (Labels like Oscar de la Renta and Donna Karan even opted to do runway shows.)

With bigger collections come more diverse offerings, and less singular trends to distill. (And pre-fall tends to be a more commercial season than either Fall or Spring.) But this much seems certain: The seventies influence will soldier on. Big, bold prints (and floor-sweeping, longer lines) were a mainstay of many of the collections we saw, like ADAM (top left), Thakoon (center), and Burberry Prorsum (right). On the other hand, so will the neutral moment that’s been going strong since Fall. Plenty of labels kept things minimal, like Helmut Lang (below left), Donna Karan (center), and Vera Wang (right).

For all of’s pre-fall coverage, click here.

Photos: All Photos courtesy of their respective labels, except for Donna Karan: Robert Mitra

Seen At The Shows: The New Wide Pant


Designers have been moving forward from the skinny pant for a few seasons now. Last Fall marked the official return of the flare, and it’s been a front-row editor favorite at the shows this season. Judging from the action on the runway, those legs are only going to get wider. Yes, it’s only Monday, and there are plenty of shows still to see, but I think it’s fair to call the high-waisted, full-legged trouser the pant of the season. There they were at Derek Lam’s beautiful Spring show (pictured), at ADAM, Jenny Packham, and Jason Wu. It’s hard to pick a favorite. Whichever you pick, it promises a longer and lean silhouette. Just remember the trick: Pair it with super-high wedges for your very own pair of super-long model legs.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos /

Are You A Maxi-nista?


The popularity of floor-length skirts on the Fall runways suggests that the hemline index theory just might hold true, but Adam Lippes isn’t buying it. “Supposedly everything traces back to the economy these days, or Michelle Obama, but I think it’s just a reaction to all the hard looks we’ve been seeing for the past two or three years,” the ADAM designer told us. “It’s a shift to an easier way of dressing.” Lippes paired his billowy maxi dresses with chunky sweaters and slouchy boots, as did Richard Chai. Similarly, shoe-grazing slim knit skirts turned up at Michael Kors and Sonia Rykiel. And off the runway, meanwhile, photographers snapped girls toeing the line between winter and spring in long, bright numbers worn with cropped leather jackets.

Click to see the slideshow, and let us know what lengths you’ll be going to.

Photo: Marcio Madeira /

You’ve Seen The Collections, Now Shop The Trends


Our Fall Shopping Guide went up yesterday, the result of weeks spent poring over lookbooks and clicking through countless runway shows. I love the moto vests in our Biker Brigade trend; I can see myself sporting the acid-washed denim William Rast version (at $420, it’s doable for a staple piece) with cuffed twill pants or a flirty little dress. I’m not exactly the type to do underwear-as-outerwear, as seen in the Boudoir Crossing trend, but I’m excited to try ADAM’s sheer chiffon menswear shirt ($245) with slouchy flannel trousers, and his charmeuse pajama pants ($295) against a chunky knit sweater. The dress code is more “creative” than “corporate,” but there’s several pieces from our Smart Investments category I’m planning to incorporate into my office style. Ann Taylor’s perfect embossed-croc pump pictured above (a steal at $175) will add polish to any outfit—even, yes, my new acid-washed William Rast jacket and twill pants.