Fall 2007: Nanette Lepore
Nanette Lepore is always one of my favorite shows because you can basically shop from the runway. Like what you see? Chances are, it'll be on the racks at Bergdorf's six months from now. And that's a good thing, because her clothes are cute and totally wearable. What she sent down the runway reminded me a bit of BCBG's show on Friday--sequins, velvet, and even feather trim, all a little bit mod, and very glam. And since Nanette qualifies as a "contemporary" label, you can be sure her designs are very on trend for the season, so this show also offered a strong glimpse of what we can expect across the board for fall. For starters? Wide-leg pants, more trapeze dresses, velvet, metallics, and purple.

Here's a look with two of those trends--wide-leg trousers and purple. I know skinny pants are still riding high for spring, but by the time fall hits, we'll have had two years of skinnies, so I think it's high time for a change. Designers have been trying to edge slouchy trousers back into our wardrobes for several seasons now, but I think for fall they might actually stick. I love this shade of purple, too--it's widely flattering.

I loved the silhouette of this look--the glamorous but relaxed velvet tunic over the generously cut pant. This probably will look best on tall people, but I think it can suit a number of body types.

I've also seen a lot of mixed textures so far this season, and Nanette does it wonderfully--the tweedy trapeze dress with the metallic jacket, for example. I love the headband too.

This dress isn't the most original thing, but I loved that Nanette showed practical evening looks--for fall and winter weather, this sequin-stripe sweater dress is actually warm and chic.

This, however, was my favorite look of the show. I love the luxe velvet mixed with the pleated chiffon, and, to be honest, I'm happy about the long skirts in this show. It seems like we've been wearing minis or knee-length skirts for ages and, really, I think change is good. If it looks this cute, why not?

Now if only Nanette gave out order forms with the show programs...

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