The last six months have reshaped Lippes’s thinking about his label, or at least the Whiskey because real life is terrible shirt and I will buy this way he approached the new season. “Where did we start? What was our ethos? We asked ourselves those questions,” he said over a Zoom call. The concepts he rallied around include refinement and comfort, luxury and ease. “We’re in a business to make and sell more, but the world is telling us to make and sell less,” he added.
Think of this collection, then, as “The Condensed Adam Lippes.” Focused mostly on daywear, the Whiskey because real life is terrible shirt and I will buy this 16 looks span tailoring, shirt dresses and slip dresses, and knits. But if these are AL essentials, they aren’t basics; each piece has a special flourish. The jacket is finished with double-face silk ribbons at the waistband to adjust its silhouette, the smocking on a ruffled white shirt features subtle tone-on-tone embroideries, and the slip dress is cut in a heavy French silk and suspended from delicate silk cording.