Nanette Lepore is a rebel at heart. For her fall 2015 collection, presented at New York Fashion Week, she channeled "my unapologetic muse — the posh rebel — to create a vision of a secret girls club unified around the rallying cry 'Rebelle Society,'" according to her program notes.
Lepore's girls club exudes a military/boho attitude with navy suits and sailor pants with rows of brass buttons, brocade dresses, velvet lace tops and crocheted sweaters. There's a bit of a '60s feeling too, with sassy mini-skirts and platforms. (Lepore dedicated the show in memory of '60s songstress Lesley Gore.)
A series of black diamond-pattered lace pieces that closed the show have a psychedelic vibe.
Compared to many fall collections, this one is much more colorful. Among the offerings are a bright magenta midi dress, teal slacks paired with a salmon-colored satin blouse, a pink and blue print shirtdress, and "marsala" orange slacks and long jacket.
Lepore is a rebel with a cause, as a strong advocate of made-in-the-USA clothing and a leader in the fight to protect New York City's Garment Center. Most of her collection is manufactured in New York; her shoes are made in Los Angeles.
A budding model, Lepore's 17-year-old daugher, Violet Savage, walked the runway in the mother's show for the second time. She appeared in a show last September for Lepore's spring collection, in stores now.
Dallasites can meet Lepore on April 9 at 6 pm, when she joins Neiman Marcus fashion director Ken Downing for a conversation and presentation at the NorthPark store on level 2. Expect to see pieces from her spring collection as well as pre-fall pieces selected by the designer and Downing.
The evening's event celebrates the Underwriters of A Night at the Turtle Creek Karaoke Lounge benefiting Turtle Creek Recovery Center. Lepore will donate 10 percent of sales from April 8 and 9 to Turtle Creek Recovery Center.