Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring ’11. Nanette Lepore’s Rose-Colored Glasses

September 15, 2010 • New York Fashion Week Spring '11

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Summary: Nanette Lepore reminded us, with her spring/summer 2011 collection, that life should be celebrated. Lepore dedicated the collection to her late mother, including a beautiful still shot of her from the 1906s in the beginning of the run of show booklet. Yet instead of a grim or mournful tone, Lepore chose to evoke her mother through an upbeat and splashy collection that put a smile on the audience's face. The show kicked off with a toe-tapping tune by musician John Forte and his colleague—a gentle, live performance that was a welcome reprieve from the blaring house music chosen by other houses. Forte played throughout the duration of the show as look after perky look came down the runway.

Lepore introduced swimwear in flattering, retro-inspired shapes and a vibrant palette, pairing rose pink, marigold and tangerine with crisp whites. For daytime, Lepore chose playful pieces like swingy eyelet tops, apron skirts and coffee-colored utility shorts. Eveningwear brought out the sizzle with elaborately beaded skirts that shimmied and shook, metallic shirtdresses and floor-length dresses that looked light as a cloud. All in all, the line was a fresh, optimistic outlook on life and the seasons to come—a notion that her mother would surely have been proud of.

Color Palette: coral, rose, rose print, plum, white, floral,  tangerine, striped, cafe, shadow dot, sand, silver, metallic, woodcut, platinum, shell

Fabrics and Textures: beaded, linen, eyelet, denim, utility, knit, pleated, net, sequin

Key Pieces: rose beaded dress, eyelet dress, shadow dot blouse and shorts, platinum sequin shirtdress, white apron skirt, plum long bow dress

-Alia Rajput

Photo Source: WWD

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