Summary: Upon first look of the dazzlingly neon tones at Nanette Lepore spring ’12 collection, one might think the highlighter-colored pieces were just a fun and flirty romp through next year’s summer seashores. But Lepore was far from leisure as her source of inspiration, having been moved by an art exhibition of U.S. Olympic athletes at the most recent Venice Biennale. As a tribute to some of the hardest working athletes in the world, Lepore incorporated more sportswear fabrics and silhouettes into the season such as windbreakers, pleated shorts and scuba dresses.
Of course, each piece still embodied Lepore’s signature touch of flirty femininity, as apparent in her lace overlays, full skirts and cut out maillots as in the technicolor palette of citrine, tangerine and hibiscus. Another signature element at Lepore’s show was her fusion of fashion and music, having picked for the season’s show the playful stylings of Sam Bisbee. Bisbee and his neon-clad band stood at the front of the runway and jangled out upbeat tunes as the collection’s soundtrack, causing Lepore herself to dance down the runway at the finale. The designer once again served up a fresh and friendly, upbeat vision for spring ’12 which I couldn’t help but smile at (and I admit, dance a little in my seat).
Colors: citron, tangerine, mixed floral, stripe, lagoon, lilac, scuba, hibiscus, splash floral, deep sea, houndstooth
Fabrics and Textures: sequin, net, lace, embroidered, pleated, full, wide-leg, small bow, knit, canvas, python, tie front
Key Looks: citron sequin coat, tangerine scuba dress, lagoon net dress, deep sea windbreaker, splash floral swimsuit, stripe canvas dress, deep sea python tote, hibiscus full skirt
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