MY MOODBOARD Deb­o­rah Lloyd of Kate Spade New York

Deb­o­rah Lloyd on how Paris and pop­pies in­spired her new col­lec­tion for Kate Spade

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It was in 1920s Paris that Deb­o­rah Lloyd found the ori­gins of Kate Spade New York’s A/W 17 look. ‘The era was a cre­ative melt­ing pot that en­cour­aged strong, in­ter­est­ing women to shine,’ she says. Her moodboard at first ap­pears an ode to Parisian cul­ture, yet is re­ally a study of three re­mark­able women of the epoch: Louise Brooks, whose pearls in­flu­enced the jew­ellery and ac­ces­sories; Josephine Baker with her pet chee­tah Chiq­uita, whose in­flu­ence is re­flected in the use of leop­ard print; and Le Co­queli­cot. The lat­ter, the sub­ject and ti­tle of a paint­ing by Kees van Don­gen that trans­lates as The Corn Poppy, was a mys­te­ri­ous beauty to whom Lloyd pays homage with a poppy-print de­sign that de­fines the col­lec­tion. The mo­tif con­jures a dream-like, he­do­nis­tic feel­ing, while the bold use of red through­out is evoca­tive of con­fi­dence. ‘I find the colour red very em­pow­er­ing,’ says Lloyd, and therein lies the key to her work: ro­man­tic, whim­si­cal, but al­ways with a fo­cus on strength. CHAR­LOTTE DAVEY

Above: Deb­o­rah Lloyd’s moodboard for Kate Spade New York A/W 17. Be­low: looks from the col­lec­tion

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