January 07, 2013 New York
"Pre-fall is the new Resort," Nanette Lepore said at a preview of her new collection. "It's about having fun remixing your wardrobe." This season, Lepore found inspiration in artist Marc Chagall's circus series, which proved to be a clever choice for capturing the fun factor she was after. The paintings' bright colors and patterns were infused into a kaleidoscope motif that was splattered on the front and back of a short-sleeve dress and on a zip-up intarsia cardigan. Lepore called the knitting technique "the new stripe." She paired the cardigan with silk cigarette pants and a matching snakeskin T-shirt. Along with a between-the-seasons shearling vest, those were the collection's boldest pieces. Other looks, like a pair of cropped leather trousers with visible back seams and a selection of lightweight tweed separates (a voluminous skirt comes to mind), would fit more easily in the wardrobes of Lepore's fans. If a balance between statements and staples was what the designer was after, we'd say she hit her mark.
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