You always know what you're going to get with Kate Spade: Feminine silhouettes, charming prints and quirky-cool accessories. And the Spring 2012 presentation was no exception.
Creative Director Deborah Lloyd mined the life and work of Australian artist Florence Broadhurst whose incredibly interesting life story and gorgeous prints served as an interesting and fruitful source of inspiration.
If you're not already familiar with Broadhurst, you should definitely Wikipedia her--like now. Born in Australia in 1899, Broadhurst travelled the world first as a singer, then a comedienne, before settling briefly in Shanghai where she set up a finishing school for girls. From there she went on to live in England and Australia, marry twice, found the Florence Broadhurst Wallpaper company--which became known for it's striking, hand-painted prints, and build an accomplished oeuvre as a landscape artist, only to be found murdered at the age 78 in 1977. (See, we told you it was interesting).
Along with using Broadhurst's famous prints, Llyod also envisioned a collection that would follow the plot of the artist's roller coaster life from her first cruise around South East Asia as a singer, to the finishing school in Shanghai to her later time in England. Some of the highlights include a rolled magazine clutch (which Lloyd said she envisioned Broadhurst reading aboard the cruise ship) as well as a playful take on schoolgirl style, complete with a neon satchel and a shirt, paired with a smart skirt, that said "Eat Cake for Breakfast."
Lloyd's ability to inject fun into every last detail was seen in the white polka dot green dress that up close actually revealed itself to be covered in pale tennis balls. It's stuff like this--combined with the brand's classic, feminine silhouettes--that always keeps us (and celebrities like Brad Goreski and Alexis Bledel) coming back for more.
Photos: Courtesy of Kate Spade