February 15, 2011
Brrr. You could feel the chill in the air at Nanette Lepore's Fall show today. The opening series of head-to-toe white and ivory looks set the tone for the collection: soft, light, and ethereal, with a glacial sheen. Silk slipdresses that perhaps would work best for spring were warmed up with knit and fur layers. Noteworthy: a long, nude-colored number with an impressionist bloom print, paired with a white chubby jacket. Speaking of warming up, there was a parka trench with a split zip, shearling shawl collar, and a textured mustard topcoat that ought to do the defrosting trick. Lepore took a wrong turn somewhere in the middle of the lineup, showing leather looks that were a tad too much, and sparkly kimono dresses that would be best left in the boudoir. But overall, the collection was cooler and cleaner than expected. And the cracked-leather Mary Jane platform wedges were a fun step up.