FA SHION FANTASY Chief creative officer of Kate Spade, Deborah Lloyd, takes us on a magical journey with a collection that’s the stuff of fairy tales. By Cai Mei Khoo.
It was a freezing winter morning the day of the Kate Spade New York Autumn/ Winter ’15 presentation. Freezing doesn’t even quite describe it. It was below freezing, at -17 degrees Celsius, and nothing could have prepared us for that sort of weather. The hot chocolate we were served while waiting outside the show venue, while a very thoughtful gesture, didn’t do much either. So once we managed to get ourselves backstage, we considered ourselves more than lucky. After all, blue lips weren’t really the look we were going for. Backstage, models were still in the process of getting their hair and make-up done. The look Kate Spade New York wanted to achieve this season was of a girl who had just taken a brisk walk through the cold – how very apt. “After a couple of seasons of very pure beauty, we’re slowly going back to carefully curated colour choices and textures,” says Lyne Desnoyers, executive director of global make-up artistry at MAC Cosmetics. “I laughed a bit earlier because with the cold we have today, all the girls were already coming in with that flushed cheek.”
One floor down, the crowd was already building, with everyone patiently waiting for the presentation to begin. If the mural on the walls were anything to go by, those wondering what chief creative officer of Kate Spade New York, Deborah Lloyd, had in store for us this season had their questions answered. Featuring quirky illustrations by artist Mike McConnell, the show space was made to feel like the iconic Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel, complete with sharply-dressed waiters serving champagne and canapés, music being played from a piano, and little lamp shades along the walls that Kate Spade New York Autumn/ Winter ’15