In a collection dedicated to her mother who recently passed away, Nanette Lepore’s RTW Spring 2011 seemed to pour straight from her heart. With the live performance and original songs by Fugee’s producer John Forte playing in the background and setting the tone, the girls graced the runway in vintage inspired pieces. Swimwear was introduced initially with geometric patterns and coral hues, and made us feel like we were on a Caribbean getaway.
The second look of the show was my favorite. Gorgeous rose and plum beaded dress that made everyone’s face light up. True to Nanette Lepore’s ever-girly touch, I can’t imagine anyone not feeling pretty in this dress.
The lines were clean but soft, modeled and inspired by the work apron. Designed with the busy jet-setting woman in mind, the pieces could easily flow from the boardroom to an after school playdate, to a weekend beach getaway.
A clear reason why I have always loved Nanette’s designs, she always adds that “pretty” touch. From easy yet structured eyelet dresses to beige wrap blouses, there is a consistent wearability while remaining glamorous.
At the very end of the show, Nanette walked the runway with her beautiful daughter Violet, both of them beaming. It was a beautiful show, beginning to end. A clear work of her heart.