Adam Lippes, Patron Of The Arts
On the terrace of his West Village penthouse last night, designer Adam Lippes was wearing a white V-neck. Hey, it’s his place, he can wear what he wants—especially if it helps highlight the series of artist T-shirts he just did for the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Lippes collaborated with four of the Whitney’s Biennal artists—Matthew Brannon, Phoebe Washburn, Ellen Harvey, and E.V. Day, the last of whom stretched a fishnet stocking diagonally across the front of her T-shirt and sprayed it stencil-style with red paint—on two designs for men and two for women, and made a thousand of each; the shirts go on sale (for 36 hours) tomorrow at Gilt Groupe, which teamed up with Lippes last night to throw a laid-back launch party. A chunk of the profits will benefit the museum.
Made in L.A. and hand-numbered in New York, the shirts have a bicoastal pedigree. The idea is that they be as contemporary as the institution they benefit, Lippes said. “The Whitney as a museum is pretty progressive,” he pointed out. “You know, they were the first major institution to collect living artists instead of dead artists—who would have thought?”
Photo: Chance Yeh/Patrick McMullan