As for cautionary fashion tales, Adam Lippes’ luckily comes with a happy ending. After a one-year absence during which the designer bought back his name from Kellwood Co., he picked himself up, dusted himself off and is now reentering the industry with an impressive lineup of elegant, easy clothes.
“This is a progression, an evolution of that [earlier] line in a lot of ways, certainly in the style and aesthetic,” Lippes said on Monday, sitting in his chic SoHo apartment that also serves as his business headquarters. “This is certainly the first time I have done something totally on my own. I had two very different financial partners before: first Atelier [Management LLC], which was Richemont-funded, and then Kellwood.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"