September 09, 2008
Nanette Lepore has never had a reputation for being politically charged, but she chose to take a stand at her Spring show. "Save the Garment Center" was splashed across the set backdrop, also appearing on buttons, pencils, and staff T-shirts (Garment Center tees are emerging as one of the week's more unusual trendsthey were also prominent at Anna Sui). It gave some edge to an otherwise delicate collection in an "exotic garden" palette of poppy, turquoise, and jade. Ruffles showed up in virtually every look, from a supersoft cropped leather jacket with fluttery sleeves to silk skirts with seriously flouncy hems. Lepore took a bow with her young daughter, both in the same slogan shirts as the staff, except craftily reworked with ribbon, lace, and sequins. The DIY touch was a reminder of the Garment Center spirit activists are trying to save.