NEW YORK — Nanette Lepore is a rebel at heart.
For fall, she channeled "my unapologetic muse — the posh rebel — to create a vision of a secret girls club unified around the rallying cry 'Rebelle Society,' " she said in her program notes.
Lepore's girls club exudes a military/boho attitude with navy suits and sailor pants with rows of brass buttons, brocade dresses, velvet lace tops and crocheted sweaters. There's a bit of a '60s feeling too, with sassy mini-skirts and platforms. (Lepore dedicated the show in memory of '60s songstress Lesley Gore.)
There's a bit of a '60s feeling too, with sassy mini-skirts and platforms. (Lepore dedicated the show in memory of '60s songstress Lesley Gore.)
And a series of black diamond-pattered lace pieces that close the show have a psychedelic vibe.
Compared to many fall collections, this one is much more colorful with a bright magenta midi dress, teal slacks paired with a salmon-colored satin blouse, a pink and blue print shirtdress and "marsala" orange slacks and long jacket among the offerings.
Lepore is a rebel with a cause, as a strong advocate of made in the USA clothing and a leader in the fight to protect New York City's Garment Center. Most of her collection is manufactured in New York and her shoes are made in Los Angeles.
Houstonians will get a chance to see the collection up close when Lepore and her 17-year-old daughter, Violet Savage, are featured guests at the Fashion Gene Awards Show & Dinner, honoring some of Houston's top mother/daughter duos, on May 6 at Tootsies. The event benefits Recipe for Success.
A budding model, Violet, walked the catwalk in the mother's show for the second time. She appeared in a runway show last September to showcase Lepore's spring collection, in stores now.