"My customers were missing the beading," Nanette Lepore said backstage after her Fall show. "They want that kind of crafty prettiness again." So Lepore listened to her girly fan base and brought back beads in a modern way—as a mirrored curlicue pattern on a vibrant chartreuse background that faded out into rich burgundy. "What a ballbuster of a print that was," she laughed, having reportedly spent many a late night trying to engineer the print just right (and also making it work for her contemporary price point, as she pointed out).

It was a high point in the collection, shown on slim trousers, flirty frocks, as were colorful metallic accessories like structured briefcase satchels and flat loafers. Other artisanal-inspired looks were less successful and strayed too far into seventies gypsy territory. But overall, it was a well thought-out, youthful, and wearable lineup for Lepore.