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At Badgley Mischka, front row denizens Kellie Pickler, Kelly Osbourne and Rumer Willis were mobbed by photographers, and guarded by security, as though they were foreign Heads of State. Or the cast of The Jersey Shore.
Meanwhile, at Nanette Lepore, the front row looked more like a table at The SAG Awards, with John Slattery, Talia Balsam, Lili Taylor, Kelly MacDonald, Aida Turturro, Patricia Clarkson and Arianna Huffington—if for some reason Arianna Huffington were ever to attend The SAG Awards—all present and easily accessible. The only one who seemed to draw much attention was Nanette regular, Slattery, and even he was open and chatting with everyone. It made the show feel hipper and more laid back than the Fashion Week hierarchical norm, as though we were all just a bunch of Nanette's pals hanging out together to check out her work.
Lepore's designs also felt relaxed. They took up where the designer's Spring 2011 collection left off, with fewer bold colors and more looser styles. The show included a lot of layering, and atypically for the Lepore, an abundance of long, draping silhouettes. Many designs were in winter whites and grays, which contrasted to a few black and teal evening pieces, and a number of silk floral prints in yellows and blues. Nanette Lepore might have been inspired by the thought of someone looking out their bedroom window at the night sky, as her prints had names like "Astral," "Cloud," "Star" and "Boudoir," and the collection included a a few wrap dresses, reminiscent of kimono robes.
The show closed, as it always does, with Nanette coming out on the runway with her daughter Violet. Violet is now in her early teens, and we wouldn't be surprised if she's towering over her Mom and possibly even modeling by next Fashion Week.