Nanette Lepore has always been known for ladylike collections...feminine shapes and silhouettes, soft colors, and subtle prints. This season was no different, except for the (needed) addition of bright colors like deep orange, bright pink, neon yellow, and popping prints and stripes. The shapes, silhouettes and overall feel to the line-up were still pure Nanette, and purely delightful. There were playful, lighthearted dresses (even the long gowns) mixed in with casual-but-polished knits that would work equally well for an important lunch date as they would for a day seaside. Capping everything off (and keeping all the flowy-ness grounded) was the covered wedge shoes on the models. Echoing the colors and prints used in the garments, these were the perfect modern counterpart to a timeless collection. With all this, we are given the part-Parisian nymph, part-American woman that we all want to be.
Colors were described with the same joie-de-vivre as their presentation...shades like twilight, watercolor, twig, azure, white, leaf, firefly, sunshine, and raindrop. There were sweater knits, silks, cottons, beading, and painterly prints. Separates like short, reigned-in balloon shorts were surprisingly flattering, and fluid silk tops mirrored their full-length counterparts. Modern details like exposed zippers showed up nestled into floral, super-feminine dresses, and layered knits were beautifully constructed so that there was zero chance of any look appearing bulky or over-worked. Two pieces stood out for their adorable use of unexpected color pairings...a short skirt in olive and acid yellow with gorgeous pleating, and a longer wrap dress with hot orange wrapping around bright pink. This collection is fun, happy, girly and everything I want for Spring. The show closed with my favorite piece, a "raindrop" print dress with fluid ruffles and an interesting hemline...which is exactly how every show should end.