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ADAM Spring 2011 Runway Show — Our Love Is All Around Us

 

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Minutes before the ADAM Spring Summer 2011 runway show commenced on Saturday afternoon, as the last invitees made their way to their designated seats inside The Stage at Lincoln Center, a mix of sunny ’70s songs like The Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There” and “Never Can Say Goodbye” filled the venue, preparing us for a nostalgic trip to an innocent, pre-disco era. But a good entertainer knows how to manipulate the audience, how to instill a sense of comfort and ease, then startle and enthrall with an unexpected twist, followed by another period of calm before another delightful, adrenaline-pumping moment. A successful fashion show, after all, is about more than beautiful garments — it entails choreographing a perfect parade, establishing an entertaining pace that slows and fastens in varying intervals, leading up to the final climactic moment when the collection’s masterpiece is unveiled. Sequencing aside, there are lighting considerations and, even more importantly, music to select. And, in this instance, Adam Lippes left no doubt about his excellent showmanship, with a soundtrack so excellent you’d actually want to run out and buy it. Every song selected for the runway show captured part of the collection’s feel, yielding a truly synergistic and delightful multi-sensory experience.

It was only fitting then, that after some mellow ’70s pre-event tunes, Lippes would choose to open his runway show with the piercing guitar strings, marching band-ready hollow drums, and synth-y sound effects of Riot Rhythm’s “Sleigh Bells”, a garage rock cut with an infectious beat that works as the perfect motivational anthem for catwalk-ready models with its “You better march!” chorus.

As a cozy yellow light filled the cavernous space, a model donning a tailored copper linen blazer, white denim sailor pants, and a pale blue cotton voile shirt appeared, a look that managed to take retro preppy classics and give them a contemporary twist thanks to the clever tailoring and interesting juxtaposition of fabrics. Pieces like a peach chiffon layered dress (pictured last below) and a coquettish white eyelet dress recalled the Yves Saint Laurent chic peasant look of the mid ’70s, while more structured ensembles like a peach linen blazer paired with a chestnut-colored leather skirt (pictured fourth from top) and casual basics like a chunky knit cotton sweater (as shown second to last below) recalled the easy, All-American preppy style of Love Story-era Ali MacGraw.

Though infused with pops of indigo blue, poppy red, and metallic silver, the ADAM Spring 2010 collection was mainly a soliloquy of buttery neutrals: warm copper, peach, cream, ecru, and ivory. And yet, the palette worked perfectly for the Jane Birkin-esque, Bohemian-meets-preppy feel of the collection, which Lippes says was inspired by Charlotte Gainsbourg‘s character in the 2009 film The City Of Your Final Destination.

Standout pieces included: an airy sleeveless dress with an embroidered bodice and a creamy chiffon skirt that swayed flirtatiously with every step taken (as shown sixth from top); a white ruffled mini skirt paired with a simple, bolero-style knit vest and white poplin tank (as shown at top); and a cropped tuxedo jacket in a putty-meets-clay color with black lapels (pictured after the jump).

But the crowning jewel here was a loose, creamy, nightgown-ish chiffon dress with macrame detailing adorning the neckline and shoulders (as pictured third from top). The free-flowing silhouette recalled the free-spirited fashions of the early 70s, but the flirtatious cut-out along the back, higher-than-usual neckline, and racerback-style silhouette along the top of the dress bestowed a more refined sense of femininity. And of course, as one of the last pieces showcased, the music chosen to accompany it was none other than The Dirty Projectors’ “On And Ever Onward,” featuring Bjork, a sweet song with a throwback, almost doo-wop-esque chorus and a highlands-ready feel.

If this is ADAM’s “House on the Prairie,” we’d love for it to be our home.

**More photos after the jump!

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