June 07, 2012 New York
Nanette Lepore was just honored at Youngstown University's spring commencement (her alma mater). It had her thinking a lot about her own college days. "I was remembering all of the art students and their influences, like Donald Judd," she said. Thoughts of Judd's op art lent themselves nicely to Lepore's Resort collection—which had her dabbling with geometry and color. Shades of "gumball green," shocking pink, and deep navy blue made their way into almost every piece, from a sheer fit-and-flare jersey dress with quarter-length sleeves to a cashmere baseball sweater with sporty mesh side panels and piping. "The customer is taking a break from dresses," she said. "So I figured it would be nice to have pieces that you can take apart and wear two ways." Case in point: a paisley patterned silk crepe top worn with a cotton skirt of the same print, paired to look like a dress. The same idea carried over to a silk navy and white striped skirt styled with a simple floral top and a wide belt, but the look that stood out the most was a pair of "ink-blot" cropped skinny pants and a vertical-striped chiffon shirt topped with an oversize knit jacket. Her customers won't miss the dresses.
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