It was a lovely, genuinely spring fashion show, featuring 50’s style swimwear, outfits with rose prints and whimsical cocktail dresses in many, impressive colors. Uplifting fashion in combination with an inspiring live performance of original songs by the soulful crooner John Forté, made the perfect combination for Nanette Lepore who managed to attract attention and turn all faces into smiling ones. If you really want to see what’s the designer’s spirit, have a look at it through her West Village home, a place characterized by diversity and zest. Her palette for Spring/Summer 2011 included oranges, purples, and pinks, muted metallics, tans, as well as bright white. Color experts describe her favorite hues as “Mulberry, Kumquat, Raspberry, Watermelon, Twig and Moss”. The designer turns Mulberry, traditionally a color associated with fall, into a spring/summer one. Her last “venture” verified her love for adventure and her talent to create wearable, yet trendy and edgy pieces. You could easily sense a bohemian flair through all those prints, colors and airy fabrics. The designer was inspired by fireworks over the Bosporus in Istanbul. Nanette suggests, finally, that convertible dressing – jackets that double as shirts and outerwear as light as a dress – is upcoming since we are budget-wise this period and we have to cut down the number of items to be bought for next season.