A trés fashionable trio at Neiman Marcus: Allison Sarofim, Adam Lippes, Courtney Sarofim (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Sylvia Goldstein, Elyse Lanier (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Adam Lippes fashions address his desire for 'color, fun and volume.' (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Phyllis Williams, Gaynell Drexler, Marian Harper (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Adam Lippes' fire red skirt with ruffled hemline. (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Big florals resonate with the New York based designer. (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Adam Lippes embraces ladylike fashions reminiscent of his days with Oscar de la Renta. (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Clean lines and beautiful fabrication, all done in New York, are hallmarks of the Adam Lippes collection. (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Designer Adam Lippes and fan Aliyya Stude (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
A fall-inspired table setting for the Adam Lippes luncheon. (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Zac Posen, Lynn Wyatt at Neiman Marcus in October(Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
The ever-darling Adam Lippes (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
It was the most interesting juxtaposition of fates — the two recent designer luncheons at Neiman Marcus Houston. First up, the luxury retailer fêted the darling Zac Posen, whose business would be shut down by its chief investor only days later. A month after, there was the Adam Lippes luncheon celebrating his launch into Neiman Marcus. No surprise that the charming Lippes held court at a table with his eager investors.
Lippes, who counts among his chief investors Courtney Sarofim and her sister-in-law New Yorker Allison Sarofim, made a successful splash in Houston last spring as the featured designer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Bayou Bend luncheon. Then came rave reviews for his collections at New York Fashion Week in September.
Et voila! Only weeks later, Lippes was once again lunching with some of Houston’s leading fashion ladies, this time under the auspices of Neiman Marcus. Among them was Courtney Sarofim’s mother, Elyse Lanier, with whom the designer has become so chummy that he refers to her as “Mimi,” the name that the Sarofim children have given her.
In fact, Lippes allowed that Houston is his favorite city in the country and this is where he began his luncheon tour to Neiman Marcus stores around the country. Should he get a place here? Very possible, he quipped.
While they lunched on dainty food from the store’s Mariposa restaurant, the New York-based designer wowed them with the same feminine looks that captured attention in New York.
Approvals came from the likes of long-time Lippes fan Alliya Stude, who wore one of his gowns to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Grand Gala Ball in October. Houston Best Dressed Hall of Famer Phyllis Williams (both Elyse and Courtney also hold that distinction) was sold on the looks. And giving her nod of approval was retired Neiman Marcus sales dynamo Sylvia Goldstein.