Summary: For her Fall’ 12 collection, Nanette Lepore decided to go little boho and a little back in time. Her crisply colored collection was inspired by, what she noted as, “Tarot reading with Oscar Wilde.” She wanted to channel a rich, almost gypsy-like mystery in her garments, layering them in a mixture of colors, fabrics and a touch of spangle and fringe. For a designer having built a reputation from her prowess for dresses, Lepore adeptly piled on her separates. The opening looks were some of my favorites: zesty “chartreuse” cloque, buttery “mulberry” velveteen and fresh “cyan” lace. The subtle gem print and bold tribal print were elegant nods to Lepore’s boho vibe without seeming too overt.
I also enjoyed the bright red “flame” pairing with the cool “mulberry” maroon combination, bringing in Lepore’s flare for making a dress an entire ensemble. Unfortunately as the show went on, the garments seemed to lose their luster and became more lackluster versions of their predecessors. The “amber and “cyan” groupings were not my favorite and the combination of beading, fringe and “tarot print” motifs was just too, “I’m a gypsy girl” for my liking. With the cornucopia of fabrics and colors that Lepore likes to have, it seems best if she scales back on the embellishments, though most of the pieces did seem totally wearable for Lepore’s loyal following.
Color Palette: gem print, chartreuse, mulberry, cerise, forest green, cyan, tarot print, flame, ribbon print, mixed print, amber, foulard, gold, houndstooth
Fabrics and Textures: cloque, velveteen, jacquard, leather, lace, beads, sequin, lame
Key Looks: Gem print coat, Chartreuse cloque top, Chartreuse cloque skirt, Mulberry flounce skirt, Chartreuse lace dress, Tarot print skirt, Beaded scarf, Cyan beaded top, Amber flounce dress, Flame beaded top, Gold lame jacket, Amber velveteen pants