NANETTE LEPORE AW15’16 READY-TO-WEAR NEW YORK
“I started off wanting to evoke a posh environment…a private women’s club for women pushing the envelope and supporting each other,” said Nanette Lepore after her show, where Arianna Huffington and SNL’s Vanessa Bayer sat front-row. “I played into this fantasy of a fun girls’ club where they’re rebels, being the heads of government and industry. But keeping it fun.”
While it’s more likely said leaders wore these flared miniskirts and printed sheaths during college and early professional careers, the collection did bring home a subtle military-meets-bohemian vibe, working in clubby (as in members-only) prints and patterns. The feel of rebellion was delivered in the form of Sperry boat shoes reimagined as platforms in leopard-print pony hair or by tweaking the watermelon pink and green prep standard a few degrees to a salmon and teal, best seen in a silk pleated top and wool sailor pants. It was earnest rebellion. With wool military capes, lace or brocade dresses, and a handful of crafty crochet and cable-knit sweaters that flirted with a ’60s vibe, the collection landed nicely in Lepore’s contemporary sweet spot.