Nanette Lepore’s muse was a posh rebel, “a woman who’s pushing her way out there in the world and making things happen,” she said backstage. “It’s a great time to be a woman right now.”
Rendering her collection in peachy pink, smoky teal and deep raspberry with burnished gold detailing throughout, Lepore kept her silhouettes sleek and simple — tailored suiting with military-inspired gold buttons, printed silk sheath dresses— but added drama with beaded embellishment, billowed sleeves and capelet dresses. Rich metallic brocade coats and velvet lace tops conveyed a dark, edgy glamour, as did several looks featuring black wool fringe. “It started with more of an interiors feeling; the feeling that you’re in a glamorous, cozy place,” Lepore said. Her silk, plaid fuchsia tie-neck blouse with matching wide-leg trousers best captured the independent, free-spirited vibe for which she aimed.