Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall '11. Nanette Lepore's Diaphanous Dream

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Summary: For designers whose signature style stems from many a firty and feminine dress, sometimes fall can present a challenge. How can the sweet and carefree nature that's sprinkled into the springy pieces they're well known for, be translated for fall? Nanette Lepore set out to prove that it can be done, and made some pretty convincing arguments. Arguably the best part of the collection was in the beginning, where gossamer slipdresses billowed under crocheted knit cardigans. The filmy palette ranged from eggshell to a soft dove grey. And despite the contrast of thick and thin fabrics, the outfits flowed like one cohesive thought. Later on, Lepore's sweeping boho dresses and cute little minis were tucked under blazers and cardigans, though some seemed like a forced gesture to make springier looks appropriate for fall by throwing a sweater over them.

Later the looks channeled some of the Southeast Asian flavor that showed up on Lepore's contemporaries runways from Pamella Roland to Ralph Lauren. And while the trend had already been seen in various forms, Lepore joined the ranks handsomely with her black and white belted confections. While the collection did have some inconsistencies later in the collection (leather dresses and teal ruffles?) her initial vaporous looks will undoubtedly become a key trend of the season.


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Color Palette: ivory, beige, tan, cream, dove grey, natural print, astral print, storm, amber, boudoir print, cloud print, sky, star, teal, black

Fabrics and Textures: lace, shearling, gossamer, wool, leather, zebra, satin, tweed, rhinestone, chiffon, bow, wrap, slip, tiered, bias

Key Looks: Astral print skirt, long star skirt, wool peplum dress, gossamer top, leather bow dress, cloud print tiered dress, star top, rhinestone wrap dress, long lace dress, boudoir print dress

-Alia Rajput

Photo Source: NY Mag

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