“A strong heroine in charge of her own destiny.” Describing the woman she envisions for fall 2017, Deborah Lloyd, chief creative officer at kate spade new york continues, “She’s very modern. She loves a bit of colour, standing out from the crowd, and allowing her own voice to be heard.” Indeed, the presentation held today at the dazzling, not to mention much storied Russian Tea Room, paints the picture of a cool, collected, and confident garçonne of roaring 1920s Paris.
Inspired by the iconic flapper Louise Brooks, a Kees Van Dongen portrait of Le Coquelicot (“poppy” in French), and the imitable Josephine Baker, the collection is a tribute to feminine chic and easy elegance — with a twist. Little black dresses emblazoned with graphic red poppies, bomber jackets accented in striking leopard print, and even carefully sequinned cherries lend themselves to the lighthearted levity that has come to be associated with kate spade new york in recent years.
Where the collection soars, however, is in its playful details. A clutch made to look like a Russian nesting doll, a handbag that resembles a cake, and an embroidered leopard peeking out from a cardigan pocket are just a sample of the minutiae Lloyd has masterfully employed throughout her near decade-long career with the label. “I still absolutely love it,” she says, reflecting on her time with kate spade new york. “It’s exciting to see how far we’ve come, and we’ve still got a long way to go.”
By Anthony Palliparambil
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