We all know Nanette Lepore for her feminine take on current trends, but there have been times in recent seasons when it has seemed like the contemporary designer was trying too hard to be the cool kid on the block. The latest Spring collection successfully reinforced Lepore's brand identity in a fresh way.

Inspired by the porcelain room at Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin, Lepore mixed together several toilelike prints in pumped-up pastel hues on pieces like the best look, a halter-neck dress cut from lightweight organza that had a molded fluidity to it. But that one might go over the head of Lepore's core clientele, who will likelier opt for the more straightforward stuff on offer, including shrunken gingham jackets and of-the-moment striped linen board shorts.

Still, Lepore has never been afraid to reinforce her accessible aesthetic. On a more brazen note, the designer placed Obama-Biden pins on every seat in the house. "That's all we've been talking about backstage, so I had to do something," she said. "Women need to be strong, intelligent, and remember that in addition to clothes, these things are important too."