kicked off 2014 on a high note when she outfitted Bill de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, and daughter, Chiara, for his New York City mayoral inauguration. In addition to making a fun fashion statement, the De Blasio ladies were also advocating for the preservation of Manhattan's Garment District, which Lepore has long championed. The designer kept up the momentum with a Pre-Fall collection full of updated signatures. "I wanted to evoke the idea of a lush library and the tactile feeling of books," she explained during a preview at her downtown townhouse, where the new lookbook was shot. Lepore emphasized texture with a snug tweed jacket decorated with artisanal embroidery, and a boxy T-shirt and matching pencil skirt in a warped floral that reminded her of a "well-loved, cushiony chair." Elsewhere, she delivered plenty of smart, tailored separates. Flattering skirtsuits and cropped, wide-leg trousers came in either a graphic windowpane check or a soft, pleated cotton knit. They will appeal to young professionals who don't take themselves too seriously and, perhaps, an aspiring politician or two.