The designer's spring collection was inspired by a trip to Lamu, an island in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya. We caught up with Lippes backstage just moments before the jet-set collection's big debut.
We see a lot of embellishments just walking backstage here -- what's your inspiration for this collection?
You know, I like to dress the jet-set girl. She's the girl who travels, she loves art and culture, and she's cool, you know? So, I just went to an island called Lamu. It's off the coast of Kenya in the Indian Ocean, and it is such a melting pot of different cultures. It's based in Swahili, but there's Portugese, there's Islamic influences, there's even Victorian influences from when the English were there. And it's a jet-setter's paradise! So I got a lot of my information from there -- colors, textures, embroideries.
How's it been showing at Milk?
It's wonderful. MAC and Milk were so wonderful to me, allowing young designers to show here free of charge. MAC's always been a great support.
And your store's right near here, right?
Quite frankly, my office is on the 4th floor (of Milk), so it's the easiest commute I've ever had in my life.
How was Fashion's Night Out?
Slammed! It was like party night out, but you know what, it was great energy. It was such a good idea -- it's great to get people back in stores.
Any fashion week shows you're planning to see?
You know, I leave for Paris on Monday night, so I try to escape!