Fashion Week Spring 2011: Nanette Lepore

September 21, 2010

Had it not existed before, Nanette Lepore would have invented the word “girly.”

Her show last week at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week was one of my absolute favorites because the colors were bold and bright, the beading was A-MAZING, the details like button-downed backs, feminine pleating were delicate, unexpected elements like bandeau tops (!) and cut out sides and then there was…the sequins. To be unoriginal and quote Rachel Zoe, I DIE over this collection.

Oh and can we just talk about how the whole show was set to a live band? John Forte gave a smooth & sultry performance that set the stage for the models who walked the runway with matte lips and lightly smoked eyes. Perfect for carrying you from the day into the night and it was paired beautifully with the tangerines, plums, metallics and cool whites.

Nanette Lepore knocked it out of the park for sure. I was just wishing Andrea was sitting next to me for it because practically every look I saw come down the runway, I thought “Andrea. Andrea. Andrea.”

Sadly, her mom passed away a short few weeks prior to the show, but her program included a very sweet photo of her mom and a dedication, “Mom, you will forever inspire me.”

This look is a but hippy-esque, but it’s overly girly meaning when paired with a pair of booties and a dressed down denim jacket, I would absolutely rock it.

A maxi dress done up and done right.

A. I love this bold lip and B. How cute can a jumper be?

One of many bandeaus that Nanette showed.

Hi, Andrea. This preppy and punchy tangerine frock was made for you!

One of my favorite looks from the show. It’s effortlessly cool and chic and perfect for work meets happy hour.

This coral dress made me think of Palm Springs. Who is with me?

Flowy and fabulous.

The sides on this “apron dress” rocked it. I’m not digging the metallic heels shown here, however.


I want this apron skirt so much. Like, now.

This net dress is super cute. I see it with really colorful accessories in coral or turquoise.

This sand beaded jacket was a favorite piece for me.

DIE over this skirt. DIE.


Gorgeous. Also coveting these shoes.

And last but not least, here’s a sampling of the shots I snapped from my seat:

Big fan of the stripes with this crisp, white jumper.

Here’s the sides on the apron dress I mentioned above. Tres chic.

I wouldn’t ever wear these shorts, but I do like the look overall.

Love. Need this top. It’s on my wish list!


Nanette also showed several pieces of swimwear that recalled the look of the 70s with bra tops and bottoms that were high waisted boy shorts.

Final walk.

Final walk.

Final walk.

Nanette and her darling daughter. Too cute!

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Photos courtesy of New York Magazine

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  1. Siv says:

    I love love love Nanette Lepore. One of my favorite designers!

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