“L ife’s too short. There should al­ways be whimsy and colour.” – Deb­o­rah Lloyd

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– a silk blouse and a high-waisted trouser. I love the play on pro­por­tions with the swing of the coat and the stream­lined pro­por­tions un­der­neath, and of course, the Kate Spade twist – the faux fur hat with the lit­tle ears on the top. The com­bi­na­tion of the dif­fer­ent tex­tures just makes this look a re­ally mod­ern way to dress for the win­ter.”

Moder­nity aside, it’s the Kate Spade twist that is the sig­na­ture of the brand – the fun, novel items that be­come con­ver­sa­tion pieces. “We al­ways get so ex­cited about the nov­elty pieces,” says Goreski. “We have the cho­co­late box clutch, the lit­tle fuzzy owl bag, the candy bag, and they all go very well with the over­all look and feel of the col­lec­tion.”

“The Kate Spade girl loves to start a con­ver­sa­tion. There’s al­ways been fun pieces, usu­ally in the bags. We like to call these pieces our con­ver­sa­tion starters. There’s al­ways that bit of whimsy in Kate Spade. Life’s too short. There should al­ways be whimsy and colour,” says Lloyd.

Another one of Lloyd’s in­spi­ra­tions this sea­son was the char­ac­ter, Truly Scrump­tious, from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. “She was one of my hero­ines grow­ing up. I loved those pink frills she wore. There’s def­i­nitely an ode to her in the col­lec­tion.”

While pink made up a large part of the col­lec­tion, it wasn’t al­ways frilly or nec­es­sar­ily girly in this case. There was an over­sized coat that looked su­per lux­u­ri­ous, worn with a black jump­suit, a preppy-look­ing dou­ble-breasted pea coat, and a sin­gle-breasted jacket worn with black wide-legged cropped pants – all pieces that could easily trans­late into a work­ing woman’s wardrobe. And that’s the beauty of this par­tic­u­lar col­lec­tion. For all its whimsy, fairy-tale in­spi­ra­tions, there were ac­tu­ally a lot pieces you could build a se­ri­ous wardrobe from, whether it’s the board­room or cock­tail party.

“There’s so much when you de­sign for a global mar­ket­place. There’s some beau­ti­ful, over­sized mo­hair coats, some great shear­ling pieces, but those are just the ic­ing on the cake,” says Lloyd. “The outer­wear’s def­i­nitely key for this sea­son,” agrees Goreski. “In the colder sea­sons, we tend to get a bit lazy with our out­fits and tend to just go for warmth. I think this is re­ally where Kate Spade New York ex­cels – of­fer­ing the Kate Spade girl these re­ally spe­cial pieces that are so easy to in­cor­po­rate into the wardrobe.”

Outer­wear aside, there were plenty of sep­a­rates that made up the col­lec­tion – plaid midi skirts and shirt dresses, se­quinned blouses, and flo­ral print pants. “There are some amaz­ing pieces for lay­er­ing in this col­lec­tion,” says Lloyd. “New sil­hou­ettes for us in­clude the slim-line, boot-cut trouser jeans. There’s def­i­nitely a ‘70s feel­ing in there, but not for­get­ting the pretty dresses that we’re known for.”

And a stand­out “pretty dress” would def­i­nitely be the pink back­less mini dress with noth­ing but a large bow tied at the back. The script on the clutch that’s paired with it per­fectly sums up the look – de­light­ful. “The Kate Spade girl has a zest for life,” says Goreski. “It’s not only her clothes. It’s her per­son­al­ity and at­ti­tude and in the way she walks through the world. The clothes re­ally com­ple­ment the woman. In this col­lec­tion es­pe­cially, there’re so many pieces that you can pull out and add to your wardrobe and make that state­ment.” And then then there’s the dream. “This is the year of ad­ven­ture,” says Lloyd. “It’s es­capism of the mind with fairy tales into a mag­i­cal world.” -H A TV S E

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