Kate Spade honors late founder at NY Fashion Week

March 22, 2019 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Kate Spade put the sparkle into New York
Fashion Week on Friday, paying tribute in a riot of color to the handbag
brand’s founder, three months after her tragic death.

It was the label’s first runway show at the bi-annual style fest,
having
previously opted for Instagram-able presentations, held this time in the
lofty
surrounds of the iconic New York Public Library.

The new creative director, Northern Ireland-born Nicola Glass, was
already
working on her debut collection when 55-year-old Spade, who founded the
company with her husband, committed suicide in June.

Silver glitter ran down the center of the pale pink-carpeted runway,
a nod
to the woman whose brand has been synonymous with a joyful outlook on life
since its founding in 1993.

“She left a little sparkle everywhere she went,” said a pink note
left on
the seat of every guest. “In loving memory 1962-2018.”
“Even though she hasn’t been here for over 10 years, her spirit’s
definitely still here at the company,” Glass, a former Gucci handbag and
jewelry designer who previously worked at Michael Kors, told AFP.

The collection was rooted in the brand’s DNA: color, fun, joyfulness
for
spirited women, sophisticated and feminine, yet wearable from day to
evening.
Kate Spade’s spring/summer 2019 is one of pale lilac, hot pink, dark
green,
chartreuse, florals and print, with block-heeled sandals and knee-high
boots,
and liberal use of the spade symbol.

“It feels more modern, less retro, there’s more polished ease to it
and
prints, they’ve been evolved in a way where they’re a little bit more
graphic
with unexpected details,” Glass told AFP.

Pale white balloon-style lights were suspended from the ceiling and an
unusually diverse stream of models, although each very slim, strode the
runway
before taking their places on silver diases.

Besides the silk dresses, cropped pants, checked suiting and buttoned
mini-skirts, they sported purses, sunglasses and silk headscarves knotted at
the nape of the neck.

“She’s a woman who, I think, is in love with life and has a sense of
purpose,” said Glass.

Spade sold her last shares in her namesake brand in the mid-2000s. The
company is now owned by Tapestry, but Glass hailed Spade as a role model
woman, entrepreneur and designer.

Spade committed suicide in her Park Avenue apartment on June 5, having
battled with depression and anxiety for years despite a dazzling career that
made her the darling of American career women.

Dressing America

Guests of honor were Oprah Winfrey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain,
Blake
Lively, Pierce Brosnan, Kanye West and Priyanka Chopra, as well as Donna
Karan, Michael Kors and Carolina Herrera were in attendance.

Models sashayed through the oriental rug-lined Bethesda Terrace
fountain in
Central Park, before a frail looking Lauren, dressed in jeans, dress shirt
and
black tux, came out to a standing ovation, doing a lap of honor and tenderly
embraced by his guests of honor.

Dozens of models, of every conceivable color, ranging from almost
babes in
arms to grey-haired men, encapsulated 50 years in which the 78-year-old has
literally dressed America — his Ralph Lauren and Polo labels a one-stop
shop
for evening, day, business and sportswear.

“In celebration of 50 years, I celebrate a woman’s freedom of
expression,
her strength and individuality,” he said simply.

Tory Burch cruises

The American founder of the global lifestyle brand Tory Burch was
upbeat
and happy, unveiling a collection, imbued with the memory of her wealthy
parents and their Mediterranean cruises.

The clothes were inspired by their steamer-hopping trips from Italy to
Greece, and from Spain to Morocco, full of contrast from Cyprus lace to
North
African djellabas, and from flamenco flounces to safari suits.(AFP)

photos: catwalkpictures.com, Kate Spade, SS19