I’d promised to get a better picture of the Nanette Lepore dress that I purchased in Las Vegas to wear out for a nice dinner. So here it is. I just love the color of this dress…not black but still quite timeless. I’m still experimenting with footwear, and if I were wearing this out I’d add one or two bold jewelry pieces (earrings and cuff bracelet probably), but kept it plain here to highlight the dress.
In comments on the previous post, someone brought up the bra strap issue. The way this dress is cut, I’m able to wear my regular bra! I noticed that about a lot of the NL pieces with cutouts or inserts: they seem to be strategically placed so that the bra straps are either covered, or if not are minimally visible.
I’m a bit behind the Social Media Curve, but I have figured out that following a favorite designer or retailer’s Facebook page sometimes clues me in to discounts or store events I might otherwise miss. When I saw on the Nanette Lepore FB page that the LA store was holding an event on Saturday and that the designer herself would be there, I dashed off an RSVP and texted Karen to see if she’d like to go with me.
The Nanette Lepore store was buzzing, but not yet crowded when we arrived. Champagne was immediately offered (and accepted!), we said hello to Nanette and chatted for a few moments, then got down to some shopping.
The store filled up quickly, and I tend to get a bit overwhelmed in crowds, so didn’t snap as many pictures as I’d have liked. Karen really loved the line too and tried several pieces, but it was this dress that won her heart (and her husband’s, from what she tells me).
She really does look amazing in that dress. In fact, as she walked through the store wearing it, at least three other women asked the Sales Associates to bring them the same one to try. One thing that Karen and I both noticed and remarked on was how well so many of these styles looked on different body types…from tall and angular to short and curvy, everyone was finding dresses and other pieces that were very flattering.
Nanette Lepore was lovely and gracious, and very down-to-earth. It was a pleasure to meet her. I’ll show you what’s in my shopping bag later this week. 😉
We had a bit of time left on our “shore leave,” so walked down the block to explore some other stores. Next stop was Anya Hindmarch. I could just kick myself for not knowing this store has been here for years. If you are tired of recognizable “It” bags and logos, if you love simple, modern designs, beautiful leathers and impeccable craftmanship, this is a brand you should definitely check out. We both found several bags to tempt us.
The store wasn’t too crowded, so the Manager and Sales Associate shared a lot of information about the brand and products. We were very impressed, and I’ll have more on Anya Hindmarch in a separate post soon.
I’d been telling Karen that I thought she’d like Alica + Olivia, so that was our next stop.
Next shop was a favorite of Karen’s, the very French brand Paul & Joe.
I loved the kitty-themed makeup packaging.
Karen found a kitty of her own, and went home with this sweater (which I’ll admit, I was cheerleading heavily for…it was SO cute on her!)
And this striped/rose blouse, also so very Karen.
We had such a blast! Karen received a lot of compliments on those trousers she’s wearing. They’re from J.Crew, the Stretch Herringbone Skinny Cargo pants. Her shoes are Julianne Hough for Sole Society. She says they’re super comfortable.
Linking up with Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style.
And for a last bit of fun,
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