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Nanette Lepore Teams with Peking for Collection

Lepore in Peking’s showroomLepore in Peking’s showroom with her favorite bed, Botanical Porcelain, alongside the dress that inspired it.
NEW YORK - Fashion designer Nanette Lepore - known for her contemporary American designs, bold colors and flair for prints - spent a day at Peking Handicrafts' showroom earlier this month to preview her first licensed collection in home.
     "It was the right time," she told HTT. "We do have quite a library to choose from."
     The colorful collection includes duvet covers, comforters, coverlets, sheets and Euro shams. There will be two tiers of decorative pillows - coordinates for the bedding, which targets the department and specialty stores channels; and free-standing fashion pieces retailing at around $250 that will be introduced by Peking's boutique division at NYNow (formerly the New York International Gift Fair)
The Peacock featherThe Peacock feather is a signature motif in Lepore’s designs.
in August.
     The collection for volume retailers will debut in September during the New York Home Fashions Market.
     "There are a lot of cut and sew details," said Carol Antone, PKH's vp of creative. "It's just every kind of apparel finish you can think of. This has a much more master bedroom feel to it."
     For the launch, Peking is offering a core jacquard sheeting set program in three colors: white, fucsia and cobalt.
     Also in layering pieces, the coverlet program features Lepore's signature peacock motif. "It's a theme that runs through a lot of my collections," she said.
Paisley MedallionPaisley Medallion is a wide repeat rotary print.

     An alternative Tack coverlet "is kind of more Hollywood glamour," said Antone.
     The collection includes three freestanding Euro sham options: velvet ribbon trim, logo and a peacock feature jacquard with hemstitch.
     For a color multiplier story, Peking is showing a 300-count cotton jacquard duvet cover set that will probably retail in the $249 range.
     Fashion bedding ensembles pour on the color with prints and constructions culled from Lepore's apparel collections.
     "As you can see," said Antone, "it's ripped from the runway."