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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Nanette Lepore's Floating Runway

Frigid NYC has me writing via wishful thinking.  Nanette Lepore Swimwear is my fashion fantasy right now.  Summer is a few months away and Nanette Lepore turned a South Beach swimming pool into her swim style runway.

Ms. Lepore is always a champion of innovative prints.  For Summer 2014, she took a traditional floral and updated by pairing it with an ombre effect and digitally printing it on neoprene.  She also took classic tile inspired patterns and recolored them with bright candy colors against a dark background.  The effect is a collection of sexy swimsuits coordinated with fashion forward cover-ups for partying out of the sand.

Back in New York, Nanette is a hero to the fashion community for her work in keeping the Garment Center alive.  Before following the designer to Miami, I visited the Manhattan showroom to admire pieces that were produced a few blocks away.  She keeps her business in the family too as brother Jimmy is one of her biggest cheerleaders in PR and she always takes a bow with her daughter at the end of the show.

I am now hoping to follow Nanette Lepore Swimwear out of the cold and into the desert... Her collection will be showing in Las Vegas at WWD Magic next month.  I can't wait!
Original photos by Mariana Leung

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