Last week, I had the chance to meet fashion designer Nanette Lepore at an event hosted at her Newbury Street store. The party was great, but I have to say I was blown away by the designer herself: She was one of the sweetest, most humble women I’ve met, a sentiment shared by a few of the other partygoers I’ve spoken to since. While we only got a couple minutes to chat–she talked to almost everyone in the room, be they press, bloggers or customers–I did manage to sneak in a few fun questions about her career path and style, both of which are more than enviable. (Also, be sure to take a peek at party photos, below!)
YOU STARTED BY OWNING A SINGLE STORE IN NEW YORK AND NOW YOU’RE A MAJOR FASHION DESIGNER. HOW DID YOU RISE TO THE TOP?
I started my store a long time ago there wasn’t that much competition back then!
REALLY, THAT’S IT?
Yes, seriously! [Laughs] Well, I had a formula that I wanted everything to look very special, and to have really pretty detailing. I had the shop for like six months, and then I did a wholesale trade show, and after that things went crazy. It caught on fire. It was really great. There were a few dips over the years–lots of peaks and valleys, but I just always tried to stick with a look that was true to the line.
SO IS THE LOOK OF YOUR LINE A REFLECTION OF YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
Oh, definitely. I’m always challenging myself to figure out what I need, what’s missing from my closet. I take home everything and try it on. If it doesn’t work I panic about it, then come back to work and torture everybody ’til it’s right. [Laughs] The production team hates when I take home the clothes.
IF YOU COULD WEAR ONE OUTFIT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
[Pauses] It would be a velvet, bias-cut gown. I was going to say sweatpants, but a velvet bias-cut gown is just as luxurious and comfortable.
See, love her. Check out more photos of the party, below!
Photos by Andrew Wang