Adam Lippes is known for his refined take on luxuriously understated dressing, from his elegant fabrics to his tailored silhouettes. When we noticed that Lippes, who is also the former Oscar de la Renta creative director, joined the ranks of Net-a-Porter's Bridal Edit, we couldn't help but wonder if a full bridal line was in the works from the sought-after designer. Keep reading to find out what the CFDA-member and New York City-based designer had to say about that and more below!
When it comes to bridal, it's all about the body.
"A bride might have ripped out a page from BRIDES and will say, 'I want this dress!' But, that dress might not be the right fit for her," explained the designer, who has done custom bridal work. "You have to work out the client's wants, but make sure it's something that she'll look good in and feel good in at the end."
In a nod to his background at Oscar de la Renta, the designer adores lace for bridal.
"I love, love, love to work with lace," said the designer, who explored the fabric in his latest ready-to-wear collection. "My favorite way to work with lace is in a simple manner, focusing on how the lace is sewn and constructed, really working on the seams. Construction becomes paramount when lace stands on it's own. Satin-backed crepe is another favorite fabric, which I've worked with since I started designing."
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Lippes's top tips for brides?
"Be as simple as you can from the makeup and hair to the dress. Simplicity will always help a bride relax on her wedding day." Equally fundamental, Lippes returns to importance of the fitting process. "Aside from just liking the dress aesthetically, a bride needs to make sure that her body looks and feels good in the dress, and that can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. We all have our insecurities. It's so important as a designer or seamstress to work closely with the bride when tailoring the dress to make sure all of the bride's insecurities go away the moment she puts on her wedding dress."
The designer's favorite bride of all time is...
A classic New Yorker, who would have worn his collection beautifully. "Carolyn Bessette was such a beautiful bride. Her dress was so simple and so elegant. It felt so modern then and still does today," said the designer, who noted that her dress by Narciso Rodriguez was an example of timeless design done right.
The designer isn't planning a full bridal line yet, but he gave us a hint of what it might look like.
"Something that really interests me is a new way of doing bridal. We've been doing looks for evening in a new way — and I love the idea of eveningwear as separates, or worn with flats. I find translating those ideas into bridal to be really interesting." We look forward to seeing those ideas continue to come to life!