Kate Spade

It's Fashion Week season, and while I may not be as clued up about the designers, the front row guests and the after parties as I could be, I do follow some bloggers who do.

I came across this picture of a clutch designed to look like an old-school transistor radio in one of the fashion week reviews:

I love this bag because it's a quirky, modern homage to what was once every music-lover's most prized possession. (No shade on MP3s players and podcasts)
The clutch is a statement all on it's own, but it also fits well with any one of the pieces from this label's Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

On the Kate Spade website, the New York lifestyle brand (which has recently added jewellery, shoes, eyewear and house/home essentials to its product line since its inception in 1993) assures customers:

"we’ve never lost sight of who we are: our spirited approach, commitment to curiosity and passion for sharing our colo[u]rful world still shapes all that is Kate Spade New York"

This curiosity and colour quite evidently part of the collection which creative director Deborah Lloyd showed at New York Fashion Week recently:

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Lloyd said:

"It's our 20 year anniversary, so you'll see our favorite things well placed throughout the collection. We're always about a pop of colo[u]r , and we love the bow. There's also a touch of sixties... and a little bit of the eighties, because New York is always a little bit about the eighties. And then we did some gingham, because at Kate Spade, we love a picnic"

The court shoes, cigarette pants and tweed jackets are what sold me. The bags tie each look together perfectly with their fun colours and designs (the sunglass clutch? There are few things I love more than accessories made to look like everyday items, while still claiming a functional, easy design), but that's expected from a brand that built its empire off of just 6 simple handbags 20 years ago.

Lloyd told Fashionista.com a little about the collection: "The accessories are very fun this season and a definite punctuation point. Our girl is younger and more adventurous than ever. She has more edge now, and that is really exciting."

An A-line skirt is always a winner, and the pastel colours, the court shoes and the cigarette pants are all current trends-to-watch, and Kate Spade does them very well indeed.

Deborah Lloyd (front) wore a few pieces from the collection to the show.


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