Colorful but practical clothes from Nanette Lepore

CARYN ROUSSEAU Associated Press Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ever the Midwestern woman, Nanette Lepore sent a colorful but practical collection down the runway Wednesday at New York Fashion Week.

The Ohio native used deep, saturated reds, purples, blues and greens -- no black -- in her separates, prints and footwear. The line was modest too, no plunging necklines or slits to the thigh.

"The sort of overt sexiness of the last couple of years is gone and it's back to a more sort of modest or demure silhouette," Lepore said backstage before the show under the tents at Lincoln Center. "Which I think is a great way for a woman to feel sexy because I don't think it's always about skin."

Lepore put pockets in her dresses and some models wore flats and loafers, not something often seen on the runway. The shoes were shiny jewel-toned blue, gold and pink. She used gold lame for a bouncy dress and jacket. The prints were intricate, inspired by tarot cards and gems.

"The silhouettes are a lot of fit and flair," Lepore said. "Fun flying big flounces on the backs of jackets, flying away."


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