AYDAH Foundation

Advancing Health and Improving Youth self development

African Youth Development and Health Foundation,

a non-profit group, organized to

Establish, Prevent and Maintain a comprehensive and efficient healthcare delivery to the youth and underserved communities

Provide opportunities and inspire the Youth through Education, Employment and Empowerment 

ADAM Spring/Summer 2012

It's no secret that I, Casee Marie, am a devoted ADAM fan. Mr. Lippes has easily become one of my all-time favorite designers for his wearability, simplicity and versatility. Before the launch of his eponymous brand, Adam worked at Polo Ralph Lauren and later with Oscar de la Renta as Global Creative Director, a partnership that I think contributed greatly to Adam's eventual independent designs. Alongside his own unique style he seems to have the same timeless sense of elegance that Oscar is iconic for. In a world of over-the-top, ornate fashion Adam stands his ground and offers real-world style that's just as exciting. He even finished things off with a hefty bit of crystal and organza for some added drama.

Similarly to last spring's collection ADAM charmingly transitioned from structured cuts to flouncy fits, touching on a bit of everything while keeping with one overall theme: light, frothy, fashionable simplicity. There was a bit less structure here, I think, than we saw from him last year (and regardless of where the spring trends are heading, I'm all about structure), but he still offered a little utilitarian edge with a Michael Jackson-esque military jacket, paired with a white maxi dress for utmost versatility.

A favorite part of the collection for me were the capes! I love capes, and as I've always been one to associate them with fall I'm so glad to see he's brought them into spring by using sheer or lightweight fabrics. I know I'm being completely contradictory considering capes aren't particularly structured, but what can I say? I guess I like my options, and luckily designers like Adam Lippes are here to cater to it!

Do you have any favorite collections from New York Fashion Week so far? Any opinions on structured versus flouncy (or capes, capes!) for spring?

- Casee Marie

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