The first show on my New York Fashion Week itinerary was Kate Spade. This was my first time attending the presentation, so I nearly squealed when I entered the garden-themed venue in Chelsea. As you would expect from creative director Deborah Lloyd, the decor neatly complemented the whimsical clothes and accessories indicative of the signature Kate Spade brand, from the floral wall panels to the grass (yes, real grass; my stilettos weren’t too happy!) on the floor. The collection consisted of laid back shift dresses, bright prints, embroidered florals, and playful bags inspired by gardens and beaches, such as a watering can, crab, snail, and flower pot. The shoes ranged from athletic to sophisticated with influences from this season’s resurgence of the Birkenstock. And while the ‘ugly shoe trend‘ is growing on me, my favorite shoes from the collection are a pair of white perforated lace-up heels. Whether it’s the relaxed silhouettes, the comfortable flatforms, or the adventurous bags, the pieces are best suited for traveling or – ironically – stepping outside your comfort zone. In other words, this is not your ordinary workday to weekend wardrobe but as anyone who loves the Kate Spade brand knows, Deborah Lloyd is never boring. Scroll down to check out some of my favorite pieces from the collection..
My favorite bag would have to be the crab, which I conveniently forgot to take a picture of with my camera, so here’s the grainy iPhone version that doesn’t do it justice. Although the bag may seem impractical, it would make a perfect beach accessory.