Nanette Lepore Spring 2011

Where & When: Wednesday, September 15 at 11 a.m., the Studio, Lincoln Center
Runway Recap: Lepore dedicated her collection to her mom, who recently passed away, and, as a mama-lovin' girl myself, I instantly teared up. (Then again, I am also exhausted and thus a little emotional anyway.) Nevertheless, her collection today was an absolutely joyful burst of color--tangerine, coral, and plum--with vintage-inspired elements and a beachy summer feel (a mood set by the introduction of swimwear at the beginning of the show). Lepore clearly thought about her customer and what she needs to wear, from the aforementioned swimwear to pretty blouses and relaxed trousers for work, a stunning sequined shirtdress for night, and fluid overalls (yes, overalls) for the weekend. There's been a lot of buzz this week about "wearable" clothes; Lepore's aren't just wearable, though--they're mood-altering too. Stuff like this makes you excited to get dressed in the morning.
Standout Look: This was the second look to come down the runway, and it was the first to make me really perk up in my seat. It's one of the happiest party dresses I've seen this week, and what's better than opening up your closet to see something like this greeting you?
Bonus Points: There was a star-studded front row--Stanley Tucci, Kristen Chenowith, Natasha Bedingfield, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and Aida Turturro--but what was really cool was the live music from former Fugee John Forté (and that everyone received a CD with the music featured in the show).
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