Like many designers, Kate Spade New York chief creative officer Deborah Lloyd is often inspired by her travels. For Spring, it was a visit to the gardens of Giverny, re-created in a Chelsea gallery space for today’s presentation. That reference point turned into a collection that took the audience on an old-fashioned European tour.
After leaving nearby Paris—its wrought-iron gates represented in a charming black and white print on a tea dress, as well as a peplum—it was off to the races. In Monaco, to be exact, where Lloyds husband, who rallies vintage cars in his spare time, hopes to compete next year. There, the KSNY girl wears a navy blue skater dress with a halter neckline—a thick white zipper up the front giving it a sporty feel—and carries a racing flag-inspired checkerboard box clutch. Next, Lloyd’s muse headed to Capri, where limone-printed circle skirts and matching bags were the order of the day.
Per usual, the collection had an early-sixties feel about it. But what was different was the subtle restraint. The KSNY presentation can verge on the chaotic, with too many quirky novelty items popping up. But this season, Lloyd’s careful theme meant a flourish here and there. As it should be.