NEW YORK — As the lights lowered in the Salon at Lincoln Center — the main hub for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week — the voices of fashion insiders momentarily hushed to a soft hum. A bright burst of light extended down the runway and booming pop tunes broke the silence, cuing the start of Nanette Lepore’s spring 2015 show on Sunday evening.
Ms. Lepore (pictured above with her daughter, Violet), a native of Youngstown, Oh., presented a 27-look collection that was highly representative of her multifaceted namesake brand.
Donning wispy topknots and bright white eyeliner, models outfitted in carefree looks fit for a short spring sojourn playfully stomped down the runway.
Ensembles crafted from a mix of pastel paisley prints and thin nautical stripes set the tone for the show, while flexible fabrics transformed the seemingly structured silhouettes of the bright looks that followed. A blush sleeveless trench styled over a multi-layered slip dress stood out as a relaxed yet refined ensemble.
Off-the-shoulder looks and a smart silk jacket rounded out the first half of the show, while white dresses with cutout details served as a simple segue into the timeless black and white palette that dominated the final pieces of the collection. Embroidered caftans, printed pants and textured platform sandals in classic colors added to the show’s “getaway” feel and exemplified the collection's overall wearability.
As a remixed version of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” played, Ms. Lepore joined the models in a conga line dance party on the catwalk that punctuated the final walk.
Photos courtesy of Maria Valentino