Utilitarian chic was paired with shimmering iridescent accessories for Nanette Lepore's fall 2013 runway. Based on the designer's posts on social media, the inspiration for the collection was the Mars rover landing. Nanette is one of the most prominent advocates for saving the Garment Center in New York City. She produces much of her collection locally, which in itself is eco-friendly.
There were pretty prints in shades of olive and green that gave a hint of a camouflage pattern. Sequinned tops and skirts also had an enlarged version of these motifs that also hinted at military inspiration. While the models did not sport crew cuts, the rigid posture of their walk complemented constructed jackets. Handbags had prominent industrial hardware, but were made in brighter iridescent shades of khaki, red and green. Shoes also had the galactic, shimmering finish in the heels or entire platform shoes. The contrast between the clothing and accessories kept it fun and young, but reflects how women dress today... You're on a mission (work) but want to escape far far away.