Working from home always sounds like a good idea, but as anyone who has ever done it knows, it doesn’t necessarily make anything easier. “It can be challenging, showing the collection this way,” Adam Lippes tells me as he takes a pause from directing his crew and looks around his West Village townhouse.
Adam Lippes in his home about an hour before showtime, as models stand by.
All images by Michael Yuri Chard
As we speak—about an hour before the first round of editors and buyers is set to arrive on Saturday—the space is filling up with models in the loose, luxurious silhouettes that make up his new collection. Outside, floral designers and installers build out an intricate explosion of blooms and branches in the window boxes, stairs and patios. While other designers rent sleek event spaces or historical halls, Adam presents his collections in his gorgeous living and dining rooms each season.
Why do it this way? Why take on the challenge of rearranging your entire home, getting the neighbors to sign off on the all-day takeover? Why subject the beloved labradoodles to the rigors and quirks of fashion?
“Clothes do not live on the runway. Clothes live here. I design with this place in mind, with women’s lives and their homes in mind,” Adam told me.