Even in the midst of a snow storm, there could be no doubt about where Kate Spade creative director Deborah Lloyd wanted to be: New York–sleet, rain, snow, and all.
Models posed on podiums in front of seventies-style yellow taxi cabs with the New York skyline lit up in neon in the background. The clothes, like the yellow checkered taxis, had a seventies slant that felt fresh for the brand. Gold, shaggy fur, and velvet added a louche disco vibe to the collection, while oversized pussybow blouses and full skirts were very Uptown Girl. (In fact, we wondered if Billy Joel’s single cover for Uptown Girl was the inspiration for the presentation’s set-up).
Last year, Llyod collaborated with Garance Dore to create a one of a kind print for her Fall 2012 collection, and this season she tapped Craig Redman, best know for his Darcel Disappoints character, to design a graphic–a Kate Spade-ified Darcel Disappoints which appeared on t-shirts, sweaters and dresses.
Usually when you think of Kate Spade, you think cutesy accessories and ladies-who-brunch dresses but this collection was full of pieces that uptown and downtown girls alike will want to wear well past 6 PM.