Why De Blasio women wore Lepore

Chiara de Blasio and Chirlane McCray at today's inauguration. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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First Lady Chirlane McCray and her daughter, Chiara, wore made-in-New York City inaugural outfits by New York City designer Nanette Lepore, and there's a story behind it.

Lepore is a longtime advocate for keeping fashion manufacturing in the city, and gave de Blasio a tour of her operation during his campaign.

“He spent over an hour talking with us," Bob Savage, who runs Lepore's company, told Capital. "We had supported Scott Stringer early in his mayoral campaign. But, when he dropped out of the race, we got behind Bill.”

Savage said McCray and her daughter wore off-the-rack coats and dresses.

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"Chirlane’s ensemble needed a little tweaking,” said Savage. “Chiara’s fit perfectly. And, yes, they paid for them.”

Chirlane wore a watercolor print “Wonderland Dress,” currently on sale for $174. Her purple wool “Skyscape Coat” retails for $578. Chiara chose a beige ponte “Tahmira Dress” and $374 animal-print “Destination Coat.”

“Chiara and I are proud to wear this beautiful clothing today, that was made right here in New York City," Chirlane said in a statement."This city needs more creative entrepreneurs like Nanette Lepore who are committed to keeping our city's garment industry thriving.”