Nanette Lepore Teams with Peking for Collection
Jennifer Marks -- Home Textiles Today, August 1, 2013
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) 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.
Lepore in Peking’s showroom with her favorite bed, Botanical Porcelain, alongside the dress that inspired it.
The Peacock feather is a signature motif in Lepore’s designs.
Paisley 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."
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