Nanette Lepore found her resort inspiration in Maud Gonne, the Irish revolutionary and suffragette (Gonne, it turns out, was also the muse of William Butler Yeats). “There was this romance and mythical quality to her, and she had a Victorian look,” Lepore said. “So the clothing is a different kind of resort. It’s a vacation in your mind to someplace romantic, and not necessarily tropical.”
Lepore called her design approach “superpretty” — and aptly — as she rendered her bohemian blouses and minidresses with bell sleeves, lace-up busts, purple paisley prints, floral embroidery and other feminine touches. Flowing maxidresses proved a soft, romantic contrast to one of the collection’s more graphic pieces: a funky jacket with crocheted patchwork embroidery that channeled a retro spirit.