Ohio-native Nanette Lepore is known for her fun and flirty aesthetic that combines feminine sophistication with a free-spirited, bohemian sensibility.
For her Fall 2009 collection, the designer told FOXNews.com that she was inspired by "an opulent woman that mixes and matches her pieces, someone who travels a lot and collects and keeps their clothes and mixes something fabulous with something old and vintage."
And mix and match she did on this runway replete with endless statement-making must-haves blended together for terrifically chic styles that were still completely wearable.
The fusion of contrasting textures was at the forefront of this collection — soft chiffon paired with edgy leather, tweed pieces glitzed up with palettes, wool shorts teamed with delicate blouses, chunky knits over floaty frocks, and heavy twill coats over soft and sweet styles.
Exuberant shades of pretty pink, violet, rich yellow, and dark teal abounded as did gorgeous paisley-printed pieces.
Taking the bold, mix-and-match theme to the next level were standout accessories such as statement making necklaces, oversized earrings, and leopard-printed belts and shoes.
In addition to presenting another stunning collection, Nanette marched on with her initiative to save the city's garment center, taking it a step further this season by placing stamped postcards addressed to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on every seat to be signed and collected following the show.
Bearing the recession in mind, Nanette set out to work harder at creating incredibly beautiful pieces that would bring joy to a gloomy time. Mission accomplished!
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