21 questions

Nanette Lepore Has Ohio on Her Mind

Nanette Lepore

Photo: Patrick McMullan

Name: Nanette Lepore
Age: N/A
Job: Fashion designer. Her fall 2007 collection debuted today.
Neighborhood: West Village

Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Violet Savage, my daughter.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York?
Steak and fries at Rio Mar, which sadly no longer exists.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
Try to make a great outfit.

Where do you get your coffee?

What’s the last thing you saw on Broadway?
Mary Poppins.

Do you give money to panhandlers?
Yes, but only the ones that aren’t menacing.

What’s your drink?
Champagne, of course.

How often do you prepare your own meals?
I make a mean pot roast once a year on New Year’s Day.

What’s your favorite medication?
Excedrin Extra Strength.

What’s hanging above your sofa?
An enormous crystal-ship chandelier.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
I believe in beauty at any cost.

When’s bedtime?
Anytime between 9:30 p.m. and 3 a.m.

Brunch: pro or con?
Con. I prefer an early pasta dinner on Sunday. You can fit more into your day that way.

What’s your thread count?
I don’t know. My husband buys the sheets.

What do you hate most about living in New York?
The way my favorite neighborhoods have changed.

What’s your brand of jeans?

When’s the last time you drove a car?
Last week. Route 80 to Ohio.

Who should be the next president?
John Edwards, running with Barack Obama or Ted Strickland from Ohio.

Times, Post, or Daily News?
Times. But unfortunately I only know what my husband reads out loud while racing around the kitchen.

Yankees or Mets?
Cleveland Indians.

What makes someone a New Yorker?
They walk faster than anyone else.

Nanette Lepore Has Ohio on Her Mind