Nanette Lepore

Runway Rundown: Nanette Lepore


A rich palette of plums, merlot and classic black emerged on the runway at Nanette Lepore, where woven textiles and feminine silhouettes have us excited for fall.

Said Nanette (pictured above with her daughter, Violet): “For fall 2014, I’m showcasing clothes that are handmade in New York. After viewing the Interwoven Globe exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I was inspired to meld the weaving, embellishments and embroideries of local craftsmen everywhere into something new, something modern.”

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On one of the hottest days during New York Fashion Week, Nanette Lepore managed to usher in a cool breeze of romanticism on the runway—in the form of airy silhouettes and relaxed separates that you can mix and match with ease.

With so many designers taking a deconstructed approach to floral this coming season, Nanette added her own torn point of view, which we asked her to elaborate on backstage.

“It’s more of a feeling from the print, sort of like a distressed tear, but there’s also softness happening in terms of redefining what is pretty,” she says. “I think women are missing those essential romantic wardrobe staples, so this season I wanted to bring movement and femininity back to my clothing.”

Qianna Smith
Photos by Fernando Colon


Nanette Lepore Heads to Mars

As the lights dimmed at Nanette Lepore‘s fall/winter 2013 show at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, the runway turned into a metaphorical spaceship, and a voice boomed over the loudspeaker announcing our imminent arrival on Mars. Lepore wasn’t kidding. Her collection was rampant with futuristic flourishes, from iridescent sweaters and hologram handbags to asymmetrical necklines and geometric cutouts that wouldn’t be out of place on Star Trek. Lucky for us, they’re softened and toned down just enough to suit the modern woman—or, should we say, the woman of the future.

 – Mary O’Regan


We asked Nanette Lepore and Pamella Roland, whose collections are two Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (MBFW) staples, to sketch highlighted looks from their fall/winter 2013 (FW13) collections. The result is a sneak peek of colors and textures that will soon descend on the runways at Lincoln Center.

Image courtesy of Pamella Roland.

An eveningwear mastermind, Pamella Roland is known for creating looks that define red-carpet glam. Her FW13 preview clearly demonstrates her POV on sophistication is as refined as ever. We asked the Michigan native, who is always so put together, if she has ever experienced an ‘undone’ moment at MBFW.

“I had a dress that was ready to go out on the runway and then the zipper broke. You cannot fix a zipper in two seconds, so the dress did not go out. There was no time to sit down and have a little fit, and some designers do. For me, the dress just doesn’t go out and you keep it moving,” says Roland, who will present her fall vision on February 11 at 1pm EST. “I had another zipper malfunction last fall. I told the model to put her hand on her hip and make it work. Those things happen and you just have to keep your cool about it.” (Check out our recent interview with Pamella for more inside info on her current collections and inspirations.)

Image courtesy of Nanette Lepore.

Nanette Lepore, who is known for her use of assorted colors, hones in on rich jewel tones for the Pantone Fall 2013 Fashion Color Report. She’ll reveal her latest collection on February 13 at 11am EST — stay tuned to the Thread as we cover it!

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—Qianna Smith


For twenty years fashionable aesthetes have adored Nanette Lepore’s eponymous label. Her simple silhouettes and eclectic use of color have come to define nonchalant glamour.

Lepore, who has a penchant for decorating, is always looking for a reason to entertain—and to get dressed up. Her December calendar is packed with glittering occasions, including an intimate soirée at her West Village apartment, a Christmas visit to her hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, and a tropical getaway to Jamaica for New Year’s Eve. If you ever wondered how a designer decks the halls, check out these storyboards that capture Lepore’s unique spirit of the holidays.

Finding the perfect party look is essential during this time of year. So what occasions will a Nanette Lepore girl dress up for? “She’s dressing up for all the fabulous parties that make this time of year so special,” says Lepore, whose following includes Blake Lively, Taylor Swift and Freida Pinto. “My girls are getting excited to see The Nutcracker. They’re also having a special dinner somewhere really beautiful like the Russian Tea Room or the Rainbow Room in New York City. You may not frequent these spots during the year, but you go during the holidays because the décor is wonderful.”

A feeling of inclusiveness also defines the holiday spirit, with trips home and doors open for visitors. The West Village apartment that Lepore shares with her husband, Robert, and daughter, Violet, seems to be the gathering place of choice for fashion insiders (as pictured to the right of the image). “We like any excuse to throw a party at the house of Lepore, and we’ll have three parties before the holidays are up. For the recent party at my home, I created a lavish table that had lots of levels,” she adds on creating a personalized ambiance. “I like to use fruit to create drama, so I always arrange a big, giant mounded fruit bowl in the middle.” One of the most talked about table accents at the party was an aluminum casted boar’s head that Lepore gave to her husband. “I gave it to him early because I needed to use it as the centerpiece, that thing is so wild,” she says with a laugh. “To complement the boar’s head, I added the drama of rugged bone candlesticks inside of sophisticated silver candelabras because I like the contrast of mixing materials.”

When selecting your party guests, Lepore says that sexy, charming men are a must as are a few flirtatious women to spice things up. “I had a dinner party with almost the entire cast of Mad Men that was a good evening,” she adds. “After all the 70s, 90s and Rihanna-type tunes have been danced to, we play The Nutcracker and everyone throws tinsel and we do the waltz.”

For Christmas, Lepore will head back to her hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. There she says, the fashion statement must include warm textures and glittery things. “Holidays in Ohio are all about rhinestone and shine. Think a giant pair of earrings from Karry’O Paris,” says Lepore. “I always cherish the aromas from our tree and the way the lights brighten a room. One of my favorite Americana Christmas movies is White Christmas, and I’m really loving Diana Krall’s holiday album.”

At the Lepore family Christmas brunch, she’ll be donning the ‘Dorian’ Silk Shift Dress’ “because it’s so glamorous.”

To celebrate the arrival of 2013, Lepore will ring in the New Year at the Rockhouse on the Pristine Cove of Negril, Jamaica and will definitely be packing her ‘Electrifying’ Silk Maxi Dress’. “My family will be in Jamaica with lots of friends and kids who run wild and have a great time. We have a nice dinner and dance for NYE. I’m planning to wear the black knit gown from my spring 2013 runway collection. The dress is a mix of jersey and lace, very sporty and sexy with open holes.”

When the countdown to 2013 begins and New Year’s resolutions are uttered across the globe, Lepore will be making this pledge: “To seriously do yoga at least once a week.” She may certainly need a Zen outlook, because come January 3, Lepore will be working nonstop to get her fall/winter 2013 collection ready to hit the catwalks of New York Fashion Week.

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Interview by Qianna Smith | Photo credit: Courtesy of Nanette Lepore


Nanette Lepore’s Girly Prints

A stream of fun, flirty prints made its way down the runway at Nanette Lepore‘s spring/summer 2013 show yesterday. If there’s one thing you can count on with Lepore, it’s endless exuberance in the form of clothes. Born and raised in Ohio, the designer focused on feminine dresses and swimwear in a summery palette of pinks and greens. Thick black trim, black and white gingham, and edgy lace-up paneling tempered the collection’s ultra-feminine florals.

Oh, and did I mention that Brazilian Girls played at the base of the runway? It was pretty amazing. Frontwoman Sabina Sciubba looked adorable in Lepore.

Nanette got super into it, dancing in the wings before coming out to take her bow.

This was definitely a fun show. I vote for more live music next season!



Good thing Sarah is a doctor, because I just about passed out when she told me her day job: scientist and doctor of cardiology. She’s definitely the most stylish doc I’ve ever met!

She says that fashion is something that allows her to be creative, since she’s often in a clinical lab environment. Sometimes everyone just needs a fun change of pace!

xo, Crystal

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