Nanette Lepore collection displays trends with a twist

Photos by Richard Drew/The Associated Press


The fall 2008 collection of Nanette Lepore is modelled during Fashion Week in New York. Her collection aims to dress the partygoer from cocktail hour to dancing past midnight.

The first sign Nanette Lepore’s fall collection targets the party girl were the flirty smiles the models wore as they made their way down the runway yesterday at New York Fashion Week.

Next was the tiaras on many of their heads.

“I liked the tiaras. If you’ve got them, why not?” Style Network commentator Finola Hughes said with a laugh.

She also liked when Lepore trotted out the bright colours, including a halter-neck, trumpet-hem striped dress with different shades of pink, purple and teal.

In her notes, Lepore explained she wanted to dress the partygoer from the cocktail hour to the dancing that happens past midnight.

“Ladylike suit silhouettes exude the savoir faire of the ‘jet set.’ High-waisted pleated peplum skirts paired with short jackets in subtle plaids and twills are tailored to precision,” the designer said. “Taffeta tops with exaggerated bows, floaty chiffon blouses and sequin camisoles tuck into both wide-leg and narrow trousers.”

Lepore did a nice job hitting on many of the trends coming out of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and successfully gave her own twist to them.

Tweed was used for cocktail frocks, including a dress with black velvet straps that jumped a shawl collar to continue down the length of the dress.

Her version of “chunky knits” included a cosy shrug as well as a burgundy-coloured, spaghetti-strap dress with a jewel on the bustline — it was lovely but it would be unforgiving for the woman who wanted to have dessert and the party.

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