Nanette Lepore's Miami Fashion Week swim show brought us more great prints. The suits were great, but the long, flowing dress cover-ups and tunics were perfect for beach to soiree dressing. Unusual color combinations like the apricot tunic and ice blue embroidery was a great way to update basic silhouettes.
When asked if the beach was now the new runway, Nanette replied, "Absolutely! Everyone wants to be able to express themselves and look fabulous no matter what they're doing."
Much of Nanette Lepore's collection is made in New York. She was one of the most visible advocates for Save the Garment Center in NYC. Her advice to new designers on deciding to produce locally: "Do it! The costs are about the same and you'll be able to have more control over everything. It's so worth it!"
What do you think of designers who produce locally? Would that be more appealing to you as a shopper?