It must be daunting for a designer to choose from an arguably infinite number of themes for their seasonal collections, but when a reference is sourced by a very natural curiosity about another culture or slice of history, the results never feel forced. At the ADAM by Adam Lippes Fall 2011 show, the inspiration came from an exhibit about native peoples from Alaska to Argentina.
The breadth of the cultures that Lippes had to draw upon was surely plentiful, but the collection remained cohesive and on-trend for the season. Strong daywear was seen in buffalo plaid trousers, trailing capes and ponchos, and long-sleeve pleated dresses—so far, the most popular dress silhouette. Punchy tribal prints didn’t feel “done” but rather were an inviting way to incorporate pattern and rich colour into your wardrobe. Invest in that midi-length skirt or maxi-length dress you’ve been dreaming of for spring, since this trend is pushing on long into fall.
Next up on my schedule is CFDA award winner Alexander Wang. Showing at an expansive venue at Pier 94, there’s a massive fashion flock in attendance as well as celebs Kanye West and Alicia Keys. I’m seated a few spots across from stylish Canadian man-about-town and former Rachel Zoe style director Brad Goreski. Throbbing trance music signals the start of the show, and the darkened venue is suddenly lit by an illuminated gridded runway that flicks on row by row. The season’s ubiquitous utility parka makes up the first look out, with a quilted cape-back trailing behind. The athletic spin that Wang is so well-known for is in full effect with sporty separates, zippered jackets, and shoes with kicky backflaps at the heel. Glossier looks include glittered skinny pants in pink and then navy blue, and a tuxedo jacket that gets reworked with puffer parka sleeves. Collection not withstanding, Wang has plenty to celebrate, with the opening of his first freestanding store this coming week.
Backstage beauty: Bold Brows and Bed-heady Ponytails at Alexander Wang