Nanette Lepore served up a straight shot of pure, unadulterated fun with an uplifting Spring collection loosely inspired by past vacations she’s spent in California and the South of France. “We love the sun and we love the sea,” she said backstage before her show, “so we really wanted to get that relaxed, beachy vibe going.” Channeling a coastal sensibility, Lepore established a cheerful, laid-back tone with the zesty opening shirtdress boasting a roomy, tentlike shape and multiple deep pockets. She continued to combine mellow yellow with tranquil blue and blush pink on a series of “border print” pieces, including wispy silk slips, sporty swimsuits, and off-the-shoulder frocks featuring flared bell sleeves that successfully tapped into this season’s bohemian mood.
While those warm hues and lively patterns successfully energized the lineup, a series of simpler white textured-cotton looks were what ultimately stood out. Among the winners were a strapless cutout sheath, cute skort suit, and a buttoned-up halter dress that fluttered down the runway. Nothing complicated here, just easy, wearable clothes—not to mention cool flatform sandals—that will speak to Lepore’s youthful customer. Speaking of youthful, a definite highlight was the designer’s 16-year-old daughter, Violet Savage, who made her catwalk debut in a beautiful embroidered caftan. Forgoing a typical finale lap, Lepore’s brother and niece led the entire cast in an exuberant conga line that left guests wondering why more shows aren’t this lighthearted.