I had the privilege of running into Arianna at the Nanette Lepore Fall 2011 show, which promoted me to the front row for a few minutes. Sitting on Arianna's other side was Patricia Clarkson, wearing the most perfectly fitted black Nanette Lepore dress. She was particularly fond of the pockets--the better to store your lipstick in!--but told me she can't show them off in photos, lest she appear handless.
What followed our conversation and my departure from the front row was a show as lovely and feminine and wearable as all of Lepore's collections. And what always gets me is that she takes her bow with her daughter Violet each and every time. What's not to love about that?