Modernist Classics in Pink and Beyond: Kate Spade New York at NYFW

Pink in legacy, and pink in beauty.

What with Breast Cancer Awareness Month on the horizon, this season’s New York Fashion Week (NYFW) was also important in marking the introduction of Nicola Glass as creative director of Kate Spade New York, after it’s founder’s tragic death. With the entire New York Public Library decked up in the founder’s favorite feminine pink (which I matched with my merman fishtail hair and pink Print All Over Me apparel), it was the emblematic quote that left a tear in many eyes: “She left a little sparkle everywhere she went.”

The show itself comprised of a modernist twist to the classics, with bright colors coming to the forefront in loose silhouettes. Graphic prints and motifs overshadowed the muted solids, all in punchy yellows and pastel pinks and deep purples and radiant whites. It was almost a print reminiscent of the 70s, but applied to fabrics and cuts of the 2010s. The iconic spade logo was omnipresent in many motifs, especially on the blink-and-miss accessories that would clearly translate into retail splendidly. Capris and cutesy skirts with country-style tops in gingham and florals gave way to colorful floral and plaid trenches, eventually radiating a summery glamor with a plethora of short, long and maxi dresses. A collection that was instantly urban with a very clear brand voice that the founder would’ve been calmly pleased with. Particularly in the epically designed scenography that left onlookers gasping for more.

Photos by WWD.

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