As many of you know, my loyalty will always lie with my favorite design team at Nanette Lepore. Being a long time follower of this native Ohioan, I was overjoyed to see the fabulous reception of her Fall 2009 collection. This collection seemed a bit of a departure from Lepore’s typical romanticism, instead trading this in for a contemporary bohemian edge. The most admirable quality of this talented designer is her ability to reinvent simple staples as cuts each season, carefully evolving these pieces with her ever changing customer.
Congratulations to the design team! Please indulge in a few of their many glowing reviews:
“Nanette girls are hippies at heart, which is why the free-spirited Ohio designer has such a loyal following. But this season, she toughened up her girly crew with small doses of leather pants, plaid jackets, and gold-grommeted LBDs. And it worked. Save for the distracting leopard print belts and booties, this collection was pretty, printed and exploding with must-haves come fall.
Cheerful combos of purple plaid coats, glittery gold skirts, silk paisley dresses, striped wooly gloves, and lush velvet frocks set our hearts aflutter – we’re already imagining ourselves in one of her embellished blouses tucked into tweed mini shorts.
“Staying true to herself, Lepore marched on with her “Save the Garment Center” cause (initiated last season), but took it a step further by handing out stamped postcards already addressed to Mayor Bloomberg. Attendees’ signatures were all that was required in an effort to promote “made in the USA.”
On the boldface front, “Mad Men’s” on-screen – and real life – couple, John Slattery and Talia Balsam took up front row real estate, but smartly kept a low profile. For any Nanette fan, the clothes are the real treat.”
– The New York Post
“When the lights flared and the music blasted–and the first technicolored dress rounded the corner at Nanette Lepore–the audience received a high dosage of sensory overload. These are clothes with punch, so no wonder Lepore churns out best-sellers time and time again. As usual, she takes a new twist each season, and those updated tweed jackets and twee ribbon dresses felt especially fresh, thanks to the a kaleidoscope of rainbow colors and modern cuts. Above all, the collection was the embodiment of cheer–just what fashion needs in times like these. Keep making these dresses, Nanette, and we’ll keep buying!”
– Fashion Week Daily