KEEPING IT IN PERSPECTIVE: Is fashion moving too fast? On a sunny, fall morning at Neapolitan Collection in Winnetka, Ill., Adam Lippes explored the topic.
“We do a lot — four collections is a lot. I’m working on this idea right now. Would I love to have another six months to explore that idea? Yes,” said Lippes before his personal appearance and trunk show on Tuesday. “When I was in college, would I like to have another six months to study for an exam? Yes. We’re working. It’s a job. We’re so lucky to have a job where we can be creative like this. Nothing is perfect. I can understand the complaints of people who say it’s too much. Maybe this is not for them, you know? I feel so fortunate to be able to work in the industry that we work in. We’re doing 100 styles four times a year and it’s constantly moving. But that’s our job.”
The designer, who’s about to show pre-fall in early December, was at the boutique promoting resort, or what he calls “pre-spring.” With the climate changes, he said 80 percent of his collection is intended to be seasonless. “It was 75 [degrees] in New York this week,” he said. “Fall is about to go on sale. You can layer.”
Lippes said he likes to think he’s doing fashion with a small “f” and not a big “f.”
“We don’t do themed collections. We don’t do costumes for women. We do clothes. You’ll see some recurring themes in our collections. Asian theme, there’s always a little bit of Japanese or chinoiserie, floral are always coming through, movement is always coming through,” he said.
His design philosophy seems to have struck a chord at this North Shore boutique. “His line is fresh and modern with clean lines. Very timeless,” said Kelly Golden, owner of Neapolitan Collection. “People have been very receptive. We sold all of his knits right away and I said to him, bring any pieces you have left, so he did. Designers like Adam are young and connect with the customers.”