The latest fashion brand to come knocking at her door is Kate Spade New York, with which Miss Piggy collaborated on an exclusive capsule collection. We had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sit down with her in the brand's Manhattan headquarters — and who could say no to "moi"?
While Kate Spade has a strong brand of its own, Miss Piggy got to put her signature on every piece from the collection. "I worked very closely with Deborah Lloyd; we had a lot of midnight chats," she says. "How was I supposed to know she was in a different time zone? I'm sorry Deborah, if you can hear me, if you're in! Probably not because you didn't get much sleep last night, I know. But we both worked very hard. I did the inspiring mostly, and Deborah did the designing."
The synergy between the two makes total sense: Both love pink, sparkle and bold style. The result of the partnership is a capsule collection consisting of a wristlet, clutch, tote, wallet, necklace, keychain, sweater, stud earrings and iPhone cases, with prices ranging from $48 to $378. The pieces will hit Kate Spade and Nordstrom on Dec. 1 — just in time for the holidays. In addition to the collection, Miss Piggy has a starring role (naturally) in the brand's upcoming holiday ad campaign, including an installment of its "Miss Adventure" video series.
We chatted with Miss Piggy about all things style, from which piece in the collection is her favorite to who she would trade closets with for a day. It's not often you get wardrobe tips from a star this iconic, so take notes.
How did this collaboration come about for you?
You know, the usual: Their people called my people, yada, yada, yada. But the real magic happened when I met my new best friend Deborah Lloyd — she's Kate Spade New York's chief creative officer. Anyway, Deb and I just bonded. She knew exactly what I wanted, and brought it to life. Of course, she picked up the tab on all the lunches, and I adored that!
Why did you want to work with Kate Spade?
Oh, well, moi was already a big fan of their clothing and their Miss Adventures series; you see all these fabulous and incredibly strong women like Anna Kendrick and Zosia Mamet having fun, so I thought, "I'm fabulous! I'm incredibly strong! I'm wonderful! I need to be part of this!" So when I discovered they wanted to create a whole product inspired by moi? Deal done.
How does this collaboration represent your own personal style?
I would say this collection just captures my essence. I'm quick, I'm curious, I'm playful, I'm strong — look at those muscles! — and I've got a sense of humor and a passion for adventure. I'm just like the Kate Spade New York girl! I mean, we're basically one and the same!
What is your secret to personal style?
Well, attitude is everything. And, a signature pose. Check this one out! Or how about this one? How about this? It is way too early in the morning to be doing this. Wow. I got a head rush from that last one.
What is your favorite piece of the collection?
Everything! That's a cop out isn't it, if I say everything? But it's all so good! Okay, okay, I'll narrow it down. Anything that has the word "moi" on it. Or a picture of me. Or polka dots. Or sequins.
Kate Spade is a very New York brand. Do you consider yourself to be a New York woman?
Well, I'm intelligent, I'm strong, I'm inspiring, curious, and uniquely fashion-forward. Plus, I have never been beaten out when it comes to snagging a cab on Broadway. So if that's not a New York woman, I don't know what is.
How do you feel about the enduring power of pink, the trend you probably started?
Thank you, yes, I probably did start it. I don't only adore pink, and wear pink all the time, but I can honestly say that I have been pink since the day I was born.
What has been your favorite costume over the years? How do costumes help you get into character?
Some actors are called method actors, and they work from the inside out. But I work from the outside in. I'm what is called a wardrobe actor. I never know who my character is until I've got a complete wardrobe: Jewelry, shoes, accessories and a suitcase to bring it all home after we've finished shooting the movie.
How does it make you feel to be a style icon?
I love it, and I take it very seriously. You see, being a style icon not only means setting a standard that others will follow; it also means never getting caught wearing the same thing twice. And let me tell you, it ain't cheap. It's one of the reasons I said yes to this partnership — I get a few freebies.
Who are your style icons?
I adore the golden age of Hollywood — you know, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe, Ingrid Bergman, Norma Desmond. But if I had to choose one style icon, I'd have to say Audrey Hepburn. She not only looked good in everything, but she also came up with the fabulous idea of having breakfast at Tiffany's. Without her, I never would have thought of having meals at a jewelry store and now I do it all the time.
Who would you switch closets with for a day?
Well, I have a very large closet, so it wouldn't be fair to switch closets with anyone. They'd need a GPS and a professional tracker to find their way around! I was once lost in my shoe closet for two days. Happiest two days of my life. But if I had to switch, I wouldn't mind taking over the Kate Spade store on Fifth Avenue for a day. We can make that happen, right?
How has your style evolved with time?
Well, let me tell you, I wear a lot less spandex and a lot less headbands. I've cut way back on the big hair. But beneath it all, I'm still moi.
Do you have any fashion regrets?
I already told you about the spandex and headbands — do I have to embarrass myself again?!
See the collection below.