It is weird that a successful designer sold their business to a big corporation and no longer head up their namesake brand. Case in point, Kate Spade. For the past 5 years Deborah Loyd has been designing for Kate Spade since she got tired of making her cute bags and shoes. Deborah has kept the DNA of the original designs and takes it to a new flourish of success.
Usually considered an accessory brand, fall 2012 signals a change and maybe a switch, to a ready to wear brand. At today’s New York fashion week presentation there were more clothing than shoes and bags. Hired hands include blogger, Garance Dore (http://www.garancedore.fr/en/a-propos/) , who illustrated French-y girls on fabric which was the inspiration for the entire collection. Styling assistance came from Rachel Zoe’s old side-kick, Brad who styled the presentation.
Models uniformly had straight hair with bangs, the look was quintessential Kate kitch with pop-y colors, and a retro 50’s feel. A very happy collection.