Nanette Lepore has incredible energy.
She’s passionate but willing to let improvisation happen, let things collide and reinvent themselves right in front of our eyes. For her spring/summer 2016 collection, it was this sentiment amplified and announced, literally, with shift dresses with 21st century quips, comments on party life mixed in with woozy, countryside-boho dresses in muted, gentle prints. Nanette merges expensive subjects with approachable clothing, allowing the wearer and the viewer make judgements about each other. For this particular collection, Nanette worked with Billy Tommy to craft the eclectic (not messy – Ed.) show, which involved a dance party, a human window display, as well as two lookbook shoots simultaneously. Stars came and went, with Vanessa Bayer (SNL) and Alysia Reiner (Orange Is The New Black) attending.
The presentation was held at 423 Broome Street at the Nanette Lepore Boutique. Nanette was born in Youngstown, Ohio, to an eccentric Modern artists and a stylishly smart schoolteacher. When she wasn’t traipsing across the country with her family in a VW Bus, she was sewing sheets into gowns for the neighbors. She continued to love fashion throughout her bohemian upbringing and when she married painter Robert Savage, the young couple headed east to take on New York. The birth of her daughter, Violet, sparked a sense of vibrant life in her designs and the next year she staged her first runway show.