Nanette Lepore Spring 2011
Nanette Lepore turned to retro-prints and shapes, and loose silhouettes for her Spring/Summer 2011 Collection. The collection, which is dedicated to her deceased mother, is a vintage treat without looking outdated.
Live music by friend of Lepore, John Forte, formerly of The Fugees, added a refreshing touch to the show. Forte’s mellow beats, almost like a Jazz/Caribbean fusion, accentuated Lepore’s choice of relaxed, yet vibrant colors and materials.
Lepore’s collection featured corals, pinks, neutrals, purples and muted oranges. The colors complemented one another in floral prints, and horizontal and vertical stripes. White denim and eyelet pieces emphasize the prints and colors. Swimwear and cover-ups were a focus throughout the collection, including high-waisted two-piece swimsuits with cropped outerwear, as well as cover-ups and long, flowy dresses that swept the runway.
The collection moved from beachwear to classy yet playful dresses, blouses, and trousers. These pieces double up for work or play, and still have the transparent attributes and vintage inspirations of the beachy looks.
The bohemian makeup look with smoky eyes and red lipstick was an added oomph to the collection’s theme, as well as the loose side buns with deep center parts.
My favorite recurring attribute of many of the looks in the collection was the deep pockets in sundresses and cardigans. Pockets in dresses always make me smile, and the oversized approach was very refreshing. Save the best for last. The final piece to grace the runway was a long asymmetrical neutral-toned jumpsuit.
The entire collection is frivolous and sweet, and every piece has a unique touch that made it different from other components of the collection even with repeated prints and colors. The colors were great for spring, and despite its playful nature, Nanette Lepore’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection is utilitarian and practical.
– Danika Daly
(Images VIA WWD)