Fashion week can get stressful. One often finds herself daydreaming about running away to a place filled with lush green grass and natural lighting, fresh fruit, and an endless supply of fizzy rosé poured by cute waiters. That place was yesterday’s dreamy Kate Spade New York Spring 2014 presentation. (The clothes were nice, too.)
This season, the label’s quintessentially NYC girl was off on a Eurotrip–but this being Kate Spade, it was all sugar-coated class and no trash. “She’s going on a fabulous vacation,” in-house stylist Brad Goreski (who was sporting a new beard and shaggy ‘do) explained to me. “So she starts off in Paris, goes to Capri, and then ends up in Monte Carlo.” Together with head designer Deborah Lloyd, they created an equally fabulous holiday wardrobe that was a bit transparent in its references, but pretty darling nonetheless: A lemon print for Italy’s limoncello, a black and white wrought iron motif for Gay Paree, and a clutch reading START for the home of the Grand Prix.
Shapes had a definite ’50s and ’60s edge to them. A colorblocked cocktail satin-look dress with a slim fit and Bardot neckline caught my eye, as did a floaty blush pink mini dress with patent leather straps, finished off with a perfectly dainty bow. In fact, several separates featured cutesy bows and heart details, though most were subtle enough so as not to be off-putting: One adorable red strapless fit-and-flair dress had a subtle heart sewn into the bodice.
Accessories played a starring role in the presentation–small, structured lady purses and clutches, cat-eye sunnies adorned with 3-D flowers, oversized floppy hats, and pointy pumps put the finishing touches on Kate Spade’s story of a flirty global ingenue.