"My customers were missing the beading," Nanette Lepore
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
wayas 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.