Adam Lippes

June 2, 2014 by  
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Continuing to evolve his refined vision of American sportswear, Resort found Adam Lippes in a relaxed mood influenced by French visual artist Willy Daro’s decorative objets, which fuse together natural metals and stones. That inspiration was reflected in the collection’s emphasis on organic shapes, particularly evident in easy pieces such as paper-bag-waisted trousers, fluid silk slip or wrap dresses, and soft double-knit merino ponchos. Daro’s works also gave rise to the graphic foliage print found on Lippes’ boxy, thigh-grazing shift, which would look terrific with a pair of flats. Keeping in mind the season’s early November delivery window, Lippes was sure to offer plenty of transitional outerwear to take his customer into the colder months. Highlights included an unconstructed topper cut from ivory wool, backed in duchesse, as well as “monastic,” robe-like coats (in either boudoir-ready satin or luxe, brushed cashmere) with open slits along the sides that imparted a dynamic movement. Elsewhere, Lippes continued to elevate denim—a relatively new category that has met with retail success—in the form of boxy chambray tunics and indigo wrap skirts, which communicated an easy elegance that wasn’t too fussy.
—Brittany Adams
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Emma Cook

June 1, 2014 by  
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London designer Emma Cook effectively relaunched her label in 2011, taking it off the runway and shifting to a contemporary price point. What’s remained the same since then is Cook’s graphic and rather surreal take on print, which was in eye-popping evidence this season. Her starting point was the traveling circus, which mainly served as an excuse to gather pattern inspiration from hither and yon—Moroccan tile, traditional American quilt, Egyptian scarabs, etc. A Persian rug print was rendered with trompe l’oeil fidelity. The results here were mixed: Cook has gotten very slack about her silhouettes, which may serve her commercially but does little to distinguish the collection as a whole. There were a few pieces that stood out, however—a trim black dress embroidered with gold scarabs, for instance, and a bomber patchworked together from various fabrics. And there is a palpable charm in Cook’s sensibility. This didn’t feel like her most focused effort, though.
—Maya Singer
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