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Adam Lippes: A Second Coming

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When New York designer Adam Lippes shuttered his Adam label in 2012, he actually received hate mail. “People get really attached to their favorite items of clothing,” says the affable Lippes, 41, a former creative director of Oscar de la Renta who, after eight years in business on his own, had won countless hearts, minds and pocketbooks with his luxurious basics. “Once you convert someone to the perfect sheath dress, or even to a T-shirt or underwear they love, they want nothing to do with change.”

Now, after a protracted legal battle to win back his name and an equally long sabbatical in South America, India and Europe, Lippes is back with a new collection of luxe women’s clothing that is a much-needed boost of lean Céline in a showy Cavalli world.

“I wanted to make pieces that were sophisticated and refined and had nothing costumey to them,” explains Lippes of the sumptuous duchess satin and lace pleated skirts, superfine cashmere gowns and capes, and crisp Italian cotton shirts and dresses that comprise his coming fall/winter collection.

“It’s not about taking over the world,” he says. “It’s about making really beautiful products that we can be really proud of.” For store locations, go to adamlippes.com.

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