Adam Lippes recently jetted into Houston for a quick 24-hour trip to show his fall collection at Forty Five Ten and mingle with Houstonians at a luncheon hosted by Lisa Holthouse and Courtney Sarofim on the patio at nearby Toulouse Cafe and Bar in River Oaks District.
The chic crowd of 30 Houston socials, including Sabina Mercer, Sippi Khurana, Stephanie Cockrell, Melissa Schnitzer, Aliya Stude, Jennifer Segal, Ceron, Christina McConn, Elyse Lanier, Laurie Morian, Alexandra Knight, and Becca Cason Thrash, marveled over such Lippes' designs as a fuchsia chiffon and satin jumpsuit, matte leather sculpted dresses, a leopard printed wool trapeze hem dress and drop-shoulder Martindale coat, and jewel-embellished tuxedo-striped cropped evening trousers.
Lippes said the inspiration for the fall collection came from the Park Chan-wook film The Handmaiden, reflected in silk velvets, silk corduroys, and Fair Isle knits contrasted with Chantilly laces and silk satin crepes, and from a two-week trip to India.
"I fell in love with these featherweight handwoven cashmere blankets in Kashmir, and reinterpreted them into dresses and tasseled shawls," he recalled in an email. "I also had the pleasure of meeting a printer in Udaipur with this hand-painted micro-floral silk, and felt this material in a few different color ways would further complement the tailored and structured elements of the collection."
While in Houston, Lippes spent the afternoon with Forty Five Ten owner Brian Bolke, who flew in from Dallas, and that evening attending a soiree at the Thrash home featuring designer Naeem Khan.
"Houston's having a moment right now with new exciting stores and retail developments," Lippes said. "River Oaks District is one of these and I'm honored that my collection is available there, thanks to Forty Five Ten."