New York: Adam Lippes has taken a different route from many of his contemporaries in New York, forgoing edgy-bordering-on-sensationalist fashion for easy, wearable sportswear. This season, the designer found inspiration in a likely fashion muse, Charlotte Gainsbourg in the recent James Ivory film, The City of Your Final Destination. Trailers show the French actress dreamily traipsing around in full skirts and fluttery frocks, all of which appear in various iterations throughout the 70s-themed collection. Girly smock dresses and ruffled camisoles, in particular, are reminiscent of Phoebe Philo’s boho collections for Chloé. Philo’s influence shows up again in leather shirttail-hemmed skirts and tees, oxford button-ups and a trend-right color palette of neutrals punched up with rust and poppy red. If S/S 11 is shaping up to be the season of the pant, Adam offers up plenty of covetable, Philo-esque high-waisted options in colored denim, sturdy twills and even a dressy tuxedo number that one could easily picture Gainsbourg wearing on the red carpet. Although accessible and sophisticated, Lippes injects a few surprises – like rhinestone-encrusted sweatshirts and boyish blazers – to keep the new generation of American sportswear laidback, fun and just edgy enough.

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