Contemporary womenswear apparel and accessories designer, Nanette Lepore, took part in a special live chat question and answer session this afternoon on Wizeo. Wizeo is a new crowdgiving platform allowing visitors to donate to the featured charities of guest speakers ranging from authors to supermodels to be able to participate in special live video sessions.
The designer spoke about her love for creating optimistic fashion in a “crazy world” explaining her view on how dressing up and fashion should be an enjoyable experience. Nanette Lepore explains there is a lot to love and find in fashion. She finds her own fashion inspirations in a variety of different sources which she loves to discover for each new collection. Some of her fashion loves include designers Dries Van Noten and Prada and she has a great fascination (and collection) of vintage fashion. Gowns from 1930’s are some of the designer’s favorites.
Lepore’s favorite summer styling tips are mixing prints and going for bright colors. In fact, colors and prints may be big trends for Spring Summer 2014, but Nanette Lepore’s collections have always been known for such styles. Prints are so ingrained in the DNA of the brand that all of her collections start with prints and then the ideas for the clothing styles, fabrics and silhouettes come next!
While many mistakenly believe the world of fashion to be far from intellectual, fashion fans may rejoice in the designer’s dishing on the reality of the industry. Lepore has a staggering library and credits her great education, including her studies at New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology, to why she has been able to get where she is today.
Nanette Lepore also gave attendees the career advice of not panicking based on what others are doing and achieving but to work on creating their own successes. She attributes the long-term success of Nanette Lepore through economic ups and downs to the love she has for what she does for a living.