Nanette Lepore Spring 2012: The Electric Kool-Aid Cybill Shepard Test

Nanette Lepore’s vibrant Spring collection can be summed up in one word: electric. “I took a break from color last season and had a very white show, so I was recharging my batteries,” the designer told us backstage. Thus, Lepore showed 32 looks in cheerful, neon hues including yellow, tangerine, and pink. Live music by Sam Bisbee’s band added to the energized atmosphere. While the color palette was strong, Lepore created a perfect balance with soft, feminine silhouettes inspired by the 1950’s. “I love the way Cybill Shepherd was dressed in The Last Picture Show,” the designer said, recalling the classic film. “We’re moving out of that period where everything is super draped and sexy and into a more conservative era,” she added.
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Nanette Lepore’s vibrant Spring collection can be summed up in one word: electric. “I took a break from color last season and had a very white show, so I was recharging my batteries,” the designer told us backstage. Thus, Lepore showed 32 looks in cheerful, neon hues including yellow, tangerine, and pink. Live music by Sam Bisbee’s band added to the energized atmosphere. While the color palette was strong, Lepore created a perfect balance with soft, feminine silhouettes inspired by the 1950’s. “I love the way Cybill Shepherd was dressed in The Last Picture Show,” the designer said, recalling the classic film. “We’re moving out of that period where everything is super draped and sexy and into a more conservative era,” she added.
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Nanette Lepore’s vibrant Spring collection can be summed up in one word: electric. “I took a break from color last season and had a very white show, so I was recharging my batteries,” the designer told us backstage. Thus, Lepore showed 32 looks in cheerful, neon hues including yellow, tangerine, and pink. Live music by Sam Bisbee’s band added to the energized atmosphere. While the color palette was strong, Lepore created a perfect balance with soft, feminine silhouettes inspired by the 1950’s. “I love the way Cybill Shepherd was dressed in The Last Picture Show,” the designer said, recalling the classic film. “We’re moving out of that period where everything is super draped and sexy and into a more conservative era,” she added. But conservative doesn’t have to be boring, which was apparent in the collection’s first look: a bright crop top in citrine paired with a full skirt in orange. Then came a refreshingly bright yellow blazer paired with a pretty pleated skirt in the same hue. There were also plenty of floral prints; our favorite came in the form of an adorable high-waisted bikini. Colorful heels and wedges with neon yellow soles completed the looks. Lepore also offered some sportier pieces—including matte sequined windbreakers—inspired by a recent Venice Biennale exhibition featuring Olympic athletes. Considering the versatile looks, it’s no surprise that the brand appeals to a large variety of women including the likes of Arianna Huffington, Kelly Rutherford and Angela Simmons, all of whom sat front row. We even spotted Stanley Tucci in the mix. “I’m friendly with Nanette through my friend Steve Buscemi, so I came last year and I wanted to come back and support her,” the actor told us. “I like looking at women’s clothes, but more at the women in them!” We have to admire his honesty. **All photos via Imaxtree