As Miranda Priestly would say: “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” Kate Spade’s Deborah Lloyd however, manages to take the cliché and keep it looking fresh and new. The floral motif was evident in every aspect of this show with daisy-accented wedges, floral appliqués and splendid tulip prints.
When you hear Kate Spade, you expect lighthearted and ladylike and that’s exactly what we were given. The collection transitions nicely and is wearable for the entire season mixing tailored jackets and a smart cape (is there anyone who is not wild for the cape trend?) with playful sundresses and full skirts.
This collection had a slightly more mature vibe than some of Kate Spade’s earlier showings. The blouses were tailored and sleek trenches pulled together several of the ensembles. Many pieces, such as a charming laser cut blouse, could be paired with a blazer and worn to the office. The overall effect was very grown up, all without sacrificing the brand’s signature sense of fun.
The standout pieces though were the fun handbags the brand has become known for. There was the beautifully woven rattan clutch shaped like a beehive and my personal favorite, a handbag that resembled a pot of vibrant pink flowers.
It’s clear that Deborah Lloyd has designed a collection for the modern woman. She’s successful, she’s got places to be but she doesn’t take herself too seriously and she certainly hasn’t lost her sense of whimsy.