The Kate Spade presentation always manages to seem transportive amid the hustle and bustle of Fashion Week, and the Spring 2014 presentation felt more like an upscale lawn party than a fashion event. An event space on the west side of New York was transformed into a lush green wonderland, with faux lemon trees and green foliage flanking models clad in ladylike, colorful spring outfits that had a Euro-prep twist.
According to Deborah Lloyd, the creative brains behind the Kate Spade collection, the collection was inspired by European travel. “Last season, we were in New York, so I wanted our girl to escape from New York, and escape to some of my favorite places in Europe,” she told us at the presentation. “So we’re headed to Paris, we’re headed to Capri, and we’re headed to Monaco. Every time I travel, I like to try and do one thing differently, so last year, while I was thinking about the collections, I went to the gardens of Giverny, so it inspired all the beautiful watercolor florals that you see.”
When it comes to her presentations, Lloyd always wants the experience to feel transporting for the editors seeing the new collection for the first time. “I really wanted something fresh and green, thinking about what was going to unify these places—like she was outside. I love the freshness of being outside in a garden—I love a garden!—and I love what the green does to all of these colors,” she said, adding: “It’s just a way to prolong summer, as well!”
Of course, the accessories provided some of the collection’s most stand-out moments—from flower-topped sunglasses to patent pumps and a fantastic clutch that featured speed gauges like you’d find on a race car.
“My husband races vintage cars,” Lloyd revealed. “Next week, he’s racing in the Goodwin revival in England. I can’t drive in it, but at least I can have my clutch!”