Fashion Week: Nanette Lepore draws TV newscasters
The first look of the Nanette Lepore show. The Today shows Natalie Morales said it was her favorite look of the collection, and liked how it channeled the 1930s. Photo credit: Getty.
The front row of todays bohemian chic Nanette Lepore show was filled with TV newscasters. There was the Today shows Natalie Morales and CNNs Soledad OBrien and Alina Cho. Cho and OBrien nudged each other and whispered that they loved a black mini dress with a very low back.
A chat with Morales at the end of the show explained why it was such a popular destination for the TV news crowd. She designs clothes that work well with what I do her suits fit well and are tailored well. Morales said she often wears Lepores suits on the air.
Also in the front row: Mad Men Star John Slattery and his wife, actress Talia Balsam.
Lepores collection showed off a haute hippie sensibility too, with plenty of loose, flowing fabrics, and models sporting long, wild, au natural-style hairdos (topped with wool hats in many cases).
There was also a lot of tweed and plaid, and generally wearable clothes.
But they weren't just sartorial statements Lepore made at her show. The designer directed attention to the Save the Garment Center movement, by handing out addressed and stamped postcards urging Mayor Bloomberg to support the garment center, New York factories, shops and emerging talent.
-Lucy Cohen Blatter