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Nanette Lepore Is Leaving Lincoln Center

Having resisted the initial wave of Lincoln Center departures, Nanette Lepore is now moving her show downtown.
Nanette Lepore. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Nanette Lepore. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Lincoln Center is losing another stalwart. While many of New York Fashion Week's bigger names — Michael Kors and Diane Von Furstenberg most notably among them — have decamped from Lincoln Center for smaller venues downtown in recent seasons, Nanette Lepore has remained outspokenly loyal to the space and the company who operates it, IMG. But now Lepore, too, is moving her show downtown, one season before IMG will leave Lincoln Center entirely.

At 11 a.m. on Feb. 18, Lepore will show her fall 2015 collection at Pop14, a brand new show venue conveniently located near Spring Studios (convenient, because Michael Kors will be showing his fall collection there an hour before). In a phone interview, Lepore said she hadn't been looking for a new venue to show her fall collection, but when a friend told her about the space — which used to house a comedy club — she decided to have a look. "It felt like it's time for something new," she said. Lepore recently signed with Bluestar Alliance to grow her eponymous fashion label into a full lifestyle brand, with plans to launch several new categories, including eyewear.

The new venue will allow Lepore more creative freedom in design— she's planning on turning it into a "posh girls' club" — and will also require a smaller invite list. "It will be nice to pare back and have a smaller show," she said.

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And will she rejoin IMG at its new home in September? "It's possible. I really like working with them, they've been great to me, I'm not saying it's not going to happen, but I'm not sure."