Under the influence of creative director Deborah Lloyd, Kate Spade has emerged as a brand with a sense of purpose and a clear vision of the type of woman it wants to dress. Over the last few seasons, the brand has come out of the shadow of the classic black tote and become a go-to brand for unique and quirky designs and prints that satisfy all aspects of a modern woman’s life without coming across too heavy-handed. After all, we might have serious careers and take our roles as friend, girlfriend, spouse, and/or parent seriously, but that doesn’t mean our clothes have to be dowdy, boring, and without a touch of whimsy.
Kate Spade’s collection for fall 2012 is its largest to date and was influenced by one of Lloyd’s favorite spots in Paris, the Cour D’Honneur at the Palais Royal. Brad Goreski styled the collection and said of it, “Think Paris, think cocktail party, think fun and flirty.” The collection also includes a capsule collection from Garance Dore, notable french photographer, fashion blogger, and illustrator. I don’t know about you, but clothes that evoke a sense of Parisian fashion sensibilities and fun are exactly what I want in my closet this fall!
As a teacher, I simply don’t have the budget for most of the Kate Spade collection, but I will be keeping my eye out for the sample sale email (sign up now if you aren’t on the mailing list yet) and for similar looks at a more wallet friendly price point. And, in true Style Tutor fashion, I will keep you updated on any great deals or thrifty finds I discover so you, too, can add a little Parisian flair to your fall wardrobe!
And my absolute favorite look and current obsession: