The elevator opened and I stepped out into the showroom. Winter light streamed in the 17th story windows and landed on the intricate table decorations of fresh vegetables and candelabras as guests milled about the room sipping bloody marys and mimosas. Juggling cameras, cell phones, and drinks proved a first world problem, but even 21st century balancing acts couldn't take away from the reason we were all there: Nanette Lepore and her spring and pre-fall 2012 collections (more after the jump).
I've gotten my hair cut at Jerel @119 on Newbury St. in Boston for as long as I can remember. Beneath Jerel's salon is Nanette's Boston store, and it's become a tradition for my mother and me to meet up after either of us has a hair appointment and shop the colorful, well-cut, playful collections (I posted about Nanette's Newbury store a few months ago). She's one of my favorite designers, so I was thrilled to be invited to her New Media Brunch last Friday in NYC.
The brunch (besides boasting some of the most beautiful table displays I've ever seen) cooked by Nanette's personal chef, was delicious, and the guests friendly and open. Nanette's team couldn't have been more welcoming or lovely, and the designer herself was gracious, funny, and kind. It was really lovely to find out that a woman whose work I so admire is worthy of admiration for who she is as well.
The clothes, which hung about the showroom, showcased Nanette at her best. They incorporated both the structure and whimsy that make her designs so appealing; bustier tops, flouncy shorts, and swishy dresses, all in pleasing patterns or sultry shades. The spring line did the new pastel trend with a neon kick, a touch that gave the clothes an elegant spunk (even the shoes had neon soles, a trait Nanette incorporated into the lines last year--watch out Louboutin, there's a new sole in town). The pre-fall was season-appropriate with slightly darker colors and heartier materials. I, of course, wanted everything.
After brunch a few of us took a tour with some of Nanette's team. Erica Wolf, along with Jimmy Lepore Hagan and Anya Assante, led us around Nanette's design room and the factories in the Garment District where the clothes are made. I learned so much about the noble history of the garment workers and took so many pictures that it's going to be a separate post.
Here, I've picked some of the best shots from the brunch. Thanks to Nanette and her team for a wonderful afternoon!
The make-your-own bloody mary bar: exactly what I needed after a long (but wonderful) week.
My place setting at the lovely table.
Love the colored leather; makes the piece more wearable and more fun than if it were in a traditional tan.
My favorite pre-fall element: the beautiful print of the blouse, and the echoed orange and purple in the jacket and pants.
The structure, the colors...it's all so good.
I'm a sucker for neon.
And I want this dress.
The neon soles.
Classic lace in a bright color.
Two beautiful spring dresses, with Saks 5th Avenue's Eric Perry in the mirror.
My favorite shoes.