Step Into Nanette Lepore's World of Fashion

A champion and pioneer for American-made manufacturing, New York City-based designer Nanette Lepore has been producing playful and electric womenswear for years. Now, with her Fall 2013 collection ready to roll—she shows on February 13 at Lincoln Center—the spirited and social media-savvy creator spoke with Polyvore about her brilliant spring and fall collections, personal style obsessions and business-minded missions, one of which is to protect and preserve Manhattan’s delicate and historic Garment Center.
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  • Nanette Lepore
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    "On the significance of NYC's Garment Center: 'Local manufacturing was what enabled me to start my company. I was able to have an inexpensive rent, manufacture locally and grow my business slowly.'" — @polyvore-editorial
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    "On her spring color trend: 'When Pantone announced 2013’s color was emerald green, we were flattered. We always want to achieve that and we’ve been lucky enough to be right on track with color. It feels good to know you’re right up there.'" — @polyvore-editorial
  • Nanette Lepore Spring 2013
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    "'Green also signifies prosperity and I was hoping we could really make a statement.'" — @polyvore-editorial
  • A Nice Suprise Brazilian Girls play the Nanette Lepore SS2013 Show
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    "'My favorite piece from the Spring '13 show was the one that Sabina Sciubba, from the band Brazilian Girls, wore. She was allowed to put her look together from the rack--it was just our grid print, but it was amazing.'" — @polyvore-editorial
    I’ve now seen Brazilian Girls play three times, twice by lucky timing and once as a planned evening.  The Nanette Lepore SS2013 was one of the lucky ones.  Fun music, fun clothes.
  • Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2013 Inspired
    "'When it comes to other designers, I love Dries Van Noten’s plaid collection, I thought it was so beautiful.'" — @polyvore-editorial
  • Prada Glitter Pump
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    "'I also have a weakness for Prada's glittery shoes.'" — @polyvore-editorial
    Approx. heel height: 2 1/2". Textile upper/leather lining and sole. Made in Italy. Salon Shoes.
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    "'Pre-Fall 2013 was inspired in part by Marc Chagall's circus prints.'" — @polyvore-editorial
    sneak peeks, daydreams and inspirations from nanette lepore
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    "'The dress with the snake sleeves reminds me of Chagall's painting where there's a ballerina or acrobat on a horse.'" — @polyvore-editorial
    sneak peeks, daydreams and inspirations from nanette lepore


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This set is awesome and very creative! kudos and well done! I featured it on my fashion blog at

Wrote three years ago

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looks awesome :D

Wrote three years ago
Great mission and amazing collection!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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