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Nanette Lepore Fall 2009

Photo by Stevyn Llewellyn
Nanette Lepore Photo by Stevyn Llewellyn

“Opulent Magpie” provided the inspiration for Nanette Lepore’s Fall 2009 show, where print on print is divine. Crimson tribal carvings, tie-dyed tartans, purple plaids and dark paisleys juxtaposed wonderfully against sequined tops and soft bubble-sleeved sweater cardigans. A slightly ruffled and nonchalant Gretel (sans Hansel) took center stage today, with windswept curls and nude lips.

The treasure trove of accessories was absolutely enticing. Lepore featured leopard belts and black tights with silk patchwork skirts, floral blouses over leather gloves, and animal print platform heels with satin red ties. Piles of fine chains, chunky jewels, and feather chokers complemented the sorbet, ginger gold, and berry palette.

Sporting orangeade and fuzzy grape berets over flimsy dresses brought a bohemian vibe. The surface contrast of merino wool showing over shimmery silk crepe, as well as blousons with sheer black sleeves tucked into tweed geometric print shorts, was quite alluring. Nothing was toned down – even solid black pieces were gussied up in a whimsical way with the polished “trenchdress” and velvet trimmed form-fitting blazer.

– Tiffany Chang