As we walked into the Stage at the Lincoln Center to see the Nanette Lepore Spring/Summer 2013 runway show, something was a little different about the setup. Instead of a plain backdrop, there was a whole set of instruments at the start of the catwalk. As the Brazilian Girls walked out and started to play, the energy of the entire show was brought to the next level.
Lepore always has a star-studded front row and this year was no exception. Spotted were Stanley Tucci, Kelly Rutherford, Abigail Breslin, Edie Falco and Jay Manuel!
- Bright Colours. As per usual, Lepore has fun with bold prints and bright colours. The main prints seen were a black and whitegingham, a lime and teal floral, and a coral and fuchia floral. The combinations of the these fabrics and some solid whites and blacks made fo a fresh print-mixed collection.
- Ombre Prints. One of the stand-out looks in the collection was a dress with an almost “ombre” effect in the print. The top portion was a coral and teal floral with black outlines; further down the dress, the black outlines disappeared and then even further down, more of the colours faded away. This effect is a great refined deviation of the dip-dyed ombes of this summer past.
- Black Detailing.
With so many prints to focus on in the outfits, it can easily become overwhelming to look at. The designs are expertly balanced though with black piping details and black straps to pull out the black colours in the prints and make each outfit a bit more edgy.
-The New Black Some outfits in the collection were entirely black dresses, which can seem a bit out of place in a Spring/Summer runway show. But Nanette Lepore makes these black dresses into summer essentials with unique sheer sections and lace inserts in interesting geometric shapes.
With such an optimistic and cheerful mood happening both in the clothing and with Brazilian Girls playing, when Nanette Lepore and her daughter Violet came out for the final bow, the designer was seen joyfully dancing off the runway at the conclusion of this season’s show.