Deb­o­rah Lloyd

Chief cre­ative of­fi­cer of Kate Spade New York shares her tales of whimsy and guilty plea­sures.

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For your Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’15 line, you were in­spired by Roald Dahl and Truly Scrumptious from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Why these two ref­er­ences? I love the whim­si­cal na­ture of Roald Dahl tales. Fan­tas­tic Mr Fox was the in­spi­ra­tion for our wood­land plaid story. Truly Scrumptious was my muse for the evening col­lec­tions, choco­late box-style hand­bags, and con­fec­tionary-in­spired pieces and colours. The bow de­tail­ing in the col­lec­tion was also in­spired by the girly glam­our of Truly Scrumptious.

Which fic­tional char­ac­ter do you iden­tify with the most?

Truly Scrumptious, of course!

Your favourite look from the col­lec­tion?

It’s so hard to pick just one look. I love the bow back dress in pink and black colour blocks. It’s a chic cock­tail dress that’s just like a gor­geous box of choco­lates.

How would you sum­marise the col­lec­tion in three words?

Whim­si­cal, fem­i­nine, and graphic.

Of all the col­lec­tions you’ve done at Kate Spade New York, which has been the most en­joy­able?

The very first ready-to-wear col­lec­tion I cre­ated – it was this a-hah! mo­ment where we got to see what the Kate Spade New York girl looked like. It com­pletely trans­formed the busi­ness and con­tin­ues to ex­cite me.

What is your all-time favourite trend?

Monocro­matic print-on-print! I love to wear and style the Kate Spade New York col­lec­tion with an overindul­gence of print.

Who is the Kate Spade woman?

She is lead­ing an in­ter­est­ing life. She’s a mad­cap hero­ine; not afraid to make a state­ment or stand out in a crowd.

Do you design with a muse in mind?

I love ref­er­enc­ing style icons from the past – Jean Shrimp­ton, Twiggy, Catherine Deneuve, and Brigitte Bar­dot.

What cur­rently in­spires you?

Flow­ers! Kate Spade New York is known to have a strong flo­ral theme.

What pieces should ev­ery woman have in her wardrobe?

A great coat, a leather A-line midi skirt, and pussy bow blouse.

What do you con­sider to be the big­gest fash­ion faux pas?

Hav­ing ill-fit­ting clothes – never un­der­es­ti­mate a good tai­lor.

2015 was the year to “Ex­pect the Un­ex­pected”. What is it for Kate Spade New York in the next year?

The Year of Imag­i­na­tion.

Tell us a lit­tle about the Spring/ Sum­mer ’16 col­lec­tion?

I was in­spired by the fresh­ness of spring. In New York, we have such harsh win­ters that when spring fi­nally comes around, all you want to do is run out to the flower mar­ket. We used this flower theme through­out the spring col­lec­tion, as a mo­tif on bags and ready-to-wear, us­ing lots of tex­ture, prints, and lace, mix­ing it all to­gether against a back­drop of crisp stripes. The colours were in­spired by fair­ground rides – black, white, board­walk beige, carousel pink, mint, and sun­shine yel­low.

If Kate Spade New York were a cock­tail, what would it be?

A Cos­mopoli­tan.

Looks from Kate Spade New York’s Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’15 col­lec­tion

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