As we’re approaching the end of 2018, we wanted to remember all the amazing celebrities we had to say goodbye to. 2018 wasn’t all that good when it comes to mental health issues and battling with addiction. Celebrities are just like us, they have the same problems and fight the same demons. Mac Miller, Kate Spade, and Anthony Bourdain are just a few of the names we’re sad are not among us anymore.
The iconic American handbag designer Kate Spade was found dead in her New York apartment earlier today. According to Associated Press, Spade, who was recently referred to as Valentine, took her own life. She was found by her housekeeper in the Park Avenue home.
Kate and her husband Andy Spade founded their fashion company in 1993. The innovative designer brought a whole revolution in the fashion world during the 90s’. She is the first one who managed to escape the strong European influence in design and started new trends that soon became recognizable as Kate Spade. It all began with vibrant nylon bags that everyone was hooked on. The couple first launched a line of handbags and slowly expanded into shoes, accessories, eyewear, fragrances, and clothing.
Kate’s career started out as an accessory editor in Mademoiselle and Vogue. The designer couldn’t imagine doing that job for the rest of her life, so she constantly looked for creative ways to express her love towards fashion. Her husband Andy had an idea they should establish their own company, and his experience in advertising was extremely helpful. Soon after the launch, Kate Spade became one of the top trending labels at that time. They focused on delivering affordable playful and colorful designs.
“It’s funny. You know, Andy and I were talking one night. And I just said — I was looking ahead and I saw the fashion directors. That would be your next jump from being a senior fashion editor. And I thought I don’t really see myself wanting that job. So Andy and I were out, honestly, at a Mexican restaurant. And he just said, what about handbags? And I said, honey, you just don’t start a handbag company. And he said, why not? How hard can it be? (Laughter) I thought, OK, really? He regrets those words.”- Kate explained the beginnings of her empire in one of her last interviews for “How I Built This”.
Kate and Andy sold 56 percent of her stakes to the Neiman Marcus Group for $34 million in 1999. The duo decided to sell the remaining 44 percent to the same buyer in 2006, for a reported sum of $59 million. By the end of the year, Neiman Marcus sold the company to Liz Claiborne (now Fifth & Pacific) for $124 million. Kate Spade was recently acquired by Tapestry Inc. for incredible $2.4 billion. In 2015, the couple founded a handbag brand called Frances Valentine named after their daughter. The significance of Kate Spade in the fashion industry is beyond words. Her legacy is so strong that will be remembered for many years to come.
The rumors from Wall Street are finally confirmed. Coach, which offered $18.50 per share in cash for Kate Spade, bought the brand for a tremendous $2.4 billion. Coach agreed on a premium of 9 percent on the closing price on Friday, because of the millennial consumer base that Kate Spade has. Additionally, Coach is expecting to generate $50 million in savings in the next three years.
Both brands offer high-quality luxury products at relatively affordable prices. Coach’s story started back in 1961 when they were producing only wallets. With time they expanded and started to manufacture classic leather handbags that became the no.1 choice for both business women and full-time moms.
Kate Spade offers sharp, contemporary and at times edgy accessories predominantly worn by a younger consumer base. Lately, the company was trying to go back to their roots and remake themselves as a lifestyle brand. This was the main reason why Coach decided to buy the brand, hoping that the expansion of brands in their portfolio will help them overcome the challenges in the crowded market.
Nowadays people are more oriented towards online shopping and fast-fashion brands such as H&M, Zara, Forever 21 and the like. Additionally, the outlet stores get most of the crowds that department stores had in the past. Coach and Kate Spade have way higher prices compared to fast-fashion brands, but they are still considered as a quality and affordable alternative to the haute couture fashion brands such as Gucci or Louis Vuitton. Coach’s handbags retail for $285 to $3,000 and Kate Spade’s sell for $100 to $500. Both companies offer men’s wear, fragrances, homeware and ready-to-wear fashion.
Coach’s department store revenue has fallen 40% in the last quarter as a result of heavy discounts and fewer shoppers. Additionally, the brand had to close a significant number of their department store locations. With the most recent deal with Kate Spade, Coach is hoping to target the market from all sides.
Coach’s CEO said in a press release that Kate Spade “has a truly unique and differentiated brand positioning with a broad lifestyle assortment and strong awareness among consumers, especially millennials. Through this acquisition, we will create the first New York-based house of modern luxury lifestyle brands, defined by authentic, distinctive products and fashion innovation.”
This February Coach officially made Selena Gomez the new face of the brand. The company’s decision was a bit surprising because their classic designs are predominantly worn by mature customers. It seems that lately Coach is aiming towards much younger costumers than their regular consumer base. Apparently, Kate Spade is the perfect way to reach their new goals.
Kate Spade New York showed the fall/winter 2017 ready-to-wear collection on the second floor of the famous Manhattan Russian Tea Room. The presentation was covered on Facebook live by Victoria Justice and was designed to be an in depth experience for the viewer.
Deborah Lloyd, who is the Chief Creative Officer and the President of Kate Spade New York explained: “We wanted the Facebook Live experience to offer our followers an intimate, in-depth look at a day-in-the-life of a Kate Spade New York girl during New York Fashion Week, all while showcasing our newest selection of see now, buy now product.”
This was done beautifully well with the intent for the ensemble pieces to show up on camera with a link that took those watching and shopping directly to the product on the microsite set up just for this purpose for the spring collection, as well as the main Kate Spade website. The microsite offered an exclusive look at Deborah Lloyd’s recent trip to Morocco, which inspired the spring collection that was shown on another floor at the same time the Kate Spade fall/winter 2017-2018 collection was being shown on the second floor.
The prints were certainly popping, and the inspiration for much of the collection was the beautiful and iconic Josephine Baker, Louise Brooks and also Josephine Baker’s pet cheetah Chiquita. The inclusion of the well-known Kate Spade signature florals made an appearance but in Slavic flair embroidered on outerwear and as highlighting details throughout the collection.
The brand has given a different aesthetic that has gotten an interesting range of reactions from viewers and shoppers. While well received it was not the typical Kate Spade look but it had the same attention to detail and only pulled in another audience element. The Kate Spade fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection made a definitive appearance that will be noted and certainly will be worn beautifully throughout the year.
The experience provided by this collection, in the very red lacquered Russian Tea Room with the strong designs and iconic inspirations that led to the designs that were shown, was incredible. The inclusion of items like the puffer coat for fall and winter was clever and bright but also necessary, especially since there was snow on the ground outside during the show.
The little details were fun and interesting and outgoing, creative and beautiful and so many things that a lot of people want to feel all the time, not just right now. The looks are certain and refreshing a different look that is greatly appreciated by the buyers and the fans of the Kate Spade New York brand.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
When it comes to fashion ad campaigns, Kate Spade is definitely all about the bigger, the better! For the newest Kate Spade spring 2017 ad campaign, the American label decided to bring touches of northern Africa to New York, letting model and brand ambassador Fernanda Ly walk around the city along with a camel.
Both the Chinese-Australian model Fernanda Ly and the camel perfectly recall the North African flair Kate Spade’s spring/summer 2017 collection (available at KateSpade.com) was filled with, as Ly’s signature hot pink mane, along with the camel’s African vibes, overwhelms us with the runway show’s urban-safari references.
“We are excited to reveal Fernanda Ly as the face of our spring 2017 campaign, shot here in New York City,” stated Deborah Lloyd, president and chief creative officer of Kate Spade New York, in an official press release. “This season is inspired by the extraordinary country of Morocco and we’re thrilled to have brought this to life in distinctive Kate Spade New York fashion, right here in our own backyard.”
And while the Kate Spade spring 2017 ad campaign is surely otherworldly, now that we finally get to see it, we can only imagine how surprising it must have been for those who were wandering the streets in the exact moments Fernanda was cuddling the camel. According to WWD, which reached out to Kate Spade’s senior vice president of brand creative Kristen Naiman, “passersby were whipping out their phones to capture the moment, while others — true to Manhattanite form — barely flinched.” As for Fernanda Ly, she quickly made friends with the camel.
“The chemistry between Fernanda and the camel was magical,” Kristen Naiman explained. “It was palpable to passersby and created a spontaneous moment of joy throughout the shoot…It made people’s day.”
Naiman also took the time to explain why the label tapped Fernanda Ly as the collection’s brand ambassador, and just by listening to the reasons behind such a choice, we can only bet their collaboration is destined to last for years. “Her strong sense of individuality and the combination of her self-expression through her personal style speak first,” Kristen concluded. “As much as she’s a model, she’s an interesting woman. She has a subtle and exuberant joyous quality, which we love.”
Colorful and mostly targeting Kate Spade New York’s younger audience, Kate Spade’s spring 2017 ad campaign features the line-up’s most jocose accessories, and pairs them with some of its girly ensembles, which, of course, match both Ly’s hair and the camel’s silhouette (the abounding animal prints were at the core of the latest Kate Spade runway show). Handbags got particularly highlighted throughout the campaign, as the label always treats us to dreamy collections that are inevitably filled with must-have accessories.
With Ly’s quirky aesthetics and Kate Spade’s cosmopolitan appeal, we have to say that both the Kate Spade spring/summer 2017 collection and its ad campaign are absolutely winning the fashion game!
Photos courtesy of Kate Spade
Miss Piggy has a busy schedule, but always finds time to advertise Disney-related items. Although having experienced troubled times after divorcing Kermit and facing the cancellation of the new Muppets show earlier this year, Miss Piggy is back on track starring in Kate Spade’s new holiday 2016 ad campaign, and her personality shines like never before.
Entitled Disney Miss Piggy Collection, Kate Spade’s holiday 2016 lineup features items with price tags ranging from $48 to $378, and includes everything from wallets to earrings. Set to officially debut in Kate Spade specialty stores and Nordstrom, as well as online at katespade.com starting from December 1st, Kate Spade’s Miss Piggy Collection is already one of the social media’s trending topics, and that’s due to Miss Piggy for sure.
“I feel that Miss Piggy is perfect for us,” Kate Spade’s president and chief creative officer Deborah Lloyd told WWD. “She really represents the definition of an interesting, strong, independent, mesmerizing, tantalizing, fabulous woman… She was the perfect girl to represent us for holiday, and her favorite color is pink. She’s the quintessential fashionista.”
Glamorous and jocosely juiced up by cascades of streamers and confetti (and a few cartoonish dinosaurs too), for her Kate Spade holiday 2016 ad campaign the designer also asked model of the moment Jourdan Dunn and stylist Catherine Baba to join the stage, adding overall girl power vibes to each one of the pictures.
Needless to say, Miss Piggy proves to be the one and only protagonist, as her diva-like allure and signature taste got translated to many of the collection’s items too, such as the iconic “Who, Moi?” clutch and a pearl necklace with a Miss Piggy-inspired little adornment.
“I’m experiencing a new freedom these days, taking chances, making decisions and, of course, inspiring all women to be like moi!” declared Miss Piggy in an official statement. “With Kate Spade New York, I can make an exciting lifestyle statement and a bold fashion statement at the same time! Trés fabuleux, n’est ce pas?”
Other great references to our beloved Miss Piggy are to be traced in the abounding amount of pink hues the collection features, specifically Schiaparelli’s shade of energizing pink. Oversized pink sweaters, soft pink wallets, light pink phone cases and “Who Moi” earrings in pink gold are thus at the core of both the campaign and the collection, and, moreover, remind us pink is going to be one of the 2017 must-have colors, too.
Aside from the Disney-related side of Kate Spade’s holiday 2016 collection, the campaign includes standard Kate Spade items too, which will particularly appeal to those who like the house’s timeless evergreens.
Iconic Catherine Baba and Jourdan Dunn are seen sporting a great amount of accessories, which vary from the classic Skyline Way Large Violina Bag, here seen revamped with sparkling dark gray and navy shades, to more contemporary and cheerful furry clip-on chains.
The campaign leaves large room for us to explore, for instance, Kate Spade’s must-have Cameron Street Lane Bag (in Emerald Ring and Pink Confetti), as well as tactic essentials, such as the animal print cozy jacket that we are sure will fly off the shelves in the blink of an eye.
Photos courtesy of Kate Spade
Each Fashion Week features a common fil rouge, and this New York Fashion Week’s appears to be Morocco! For her Kate Spade spring/summer 2017 collection, creative director Deborah Lloyd got inspired by Morocco’s bright colors and rich motifs, treating us to a 30-piece bon-ton collection that is beauty at its purest.
Like Rachel Zoe, Deborah Lloyd also focused on reds, blues and whites, juxtaposing the Moroccan signature geometric patterns with more delicate floral embellishments. As a result, the Kate Spade New York spring/summer 2017 collection is all about harmony and balanced volumes and patterns, even when not focusing on Moroccan-inspired motifs.
“It’s gorgeous, full of ceremony. You cannot take a bad photo there,” she fiercely stated backstage.
Although being primarily Moroccan-inspired, the Kate Spade spring 2017 collection features a few Parisian looks as well (all things considered, Morocco’s French influence is still palpable), the contemporary motifs of which range from multi-colored patterns to more classic combinations of black and white attire options.
When creating both the sections, however, Deborah Lloyd had her local New York-based clientele in mind, which means that, although heading all the way to Morocco, she kept everything infused with an appealing cosmopolitan modern zest, which is no small feat for sure (in comparison, Zoe’s collection was definitely more traditionally Moroccan-inspired in terms of cuts and lines).
Overall oversized and revamped with layered volumes, the Kate Spade spring/summer 2017 collection focuses on frocks and gowns, mainly treating us to either knee- or mid-calf lengths. A few short shorts and miniskirts catapult us to Paris in the early Seventies, with poplin dresses dominating the scene.
Seventies-style chiffon dresses, in return, transfer us to a more modern New Yorker era, with airy volumes and sensual naïve cuts creating an appealing contrast with the Maison’s signature collared shirts and bon-ton-ish t-shirt dresses.
The collection simultaneously features fresher and warmer proposals too: while festival-ready roomy shorts and jackets with camel patterns treat us to refined pieces that are ready-to-wear indeed, warmer cotton-made sweaters make us feel impatient and ready to wear those specific staples now, at the end of the summer.
Last but not least, cute tassel embellishments completed most of the staples, both the dresses and the block-heeled sandals, while cartoonish handbags à la Kate Spade and floral-adorned clutches serve as the icing on the cake, quickly becoming our dream must-have pieces to look forward to. Now, you might want to keep an eye on KateSpade.com to be the first to get your hands on these creations!
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Kate Spade took its ready-to-wear fall/winter 2016 collection to the Rainbow Room, on top of the Rockefeller Center, for New York Fashion Week. The collection itself was very reminiscent of past fashion decades – think the ‘70s meet the tailoring of the ‘20s – and maintained a polished and sophisticated poise throughout, although, creative director Deborah Lloyd cited “the chic bohemian spirit of sirens, divas, and creative firebirds of the stage” as the main source of inspiration. You can see the bohemian roots, although the image of a creative firebird doesn’t quite seem to ring true to the put-together garments presented on the stage. Perhaps the word “firebird” is just a bit too strong for this purpose; for there is a particular artistry that you can definitely connect back to the stage and music, especially through the brand’s esteemed accessories.
And the stage was set by soulful singer Alice Smith, who performed classic jazz and piano-bar classes for the audience in attendance. Jazz and ballet were the two clear musical references in this line, and their stage was just as grand as you would expect for a collection of such caliber. It began with a round stage, which rotated. A musical fashion performance deserves an innovative stage to walk, no doubt. And featured on the models, who stood on the moving runway, were looks that match up perfectly with the Kate Spade past design mentality, with the pristine use of florals and neat tailoring.
Each piece managed to be new and unique while not throwing off the cohesion of the line as a whole. The prints worked well together, even though some seemed to be taken out of completely different fashion eras, like the bohemian floral vs the pink houndstooth. The sophisticated aspect of the Kate Spade fall/winter 2016-2017 collection made everything seem ladylike and almost posh, in a truly lovely way.
The tailoring in the pants and coats was done well, and the proportions were all spot on for the target demographic. For the most part, the bohemian edge of the ‘70s was playing out against the classic, straight-lined style of fashion past. It is almost as if the brand created two separate collections with vastly different sources of inspiration and then managed to find a way to push them together in one collection. Looking at the individual garments and their backgrounds, it might seem impossible to achieve something like this, yet this collection is cohesive and was able to incorporate everything Lloyd wanted to.
And it was the accessorizing and styling that brought everything to a neat and tidy closing. The shoes in particular made each outfit unique. There were times when the footwear blended perfectly with the outfits, and others when it acted as a nice surprise against the other patterns and colors. And the same goes for the use of handbags. Finally, headwear was used in some surprising places. All of the accessories served their own purposes in the overall success of the collection, and each piece definitely made the line more refined yet exciting.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Inspired by the freshness of spring, the Kate Spade spring/summer 2016 collection is filled with loads of floral patterns, Sixties vibes and pop art influences, ultimately making us dream of warmer weather and longer days. To better embody this notion, Kate Spade has just released one of its most adorable and delightful campaigns ever. The Kate Spade spring 2016 campaign features some of the most iconic models of the moment (plus a Dalmatian), including Kate Spade’s favorite muse Iris Apfel and Jourdan Dunn.
British model Dunn (who was included in Forbes’ top-earning models list and was the first black British model to make it) really seems to be at ease with the collection’s free-spirited style, as she poses with various flower bouquets and wearing two of the key pieces of the collection: a maxi coat with black & white floral patterns and a Sixties-inspired mini dress in multicolored stripes.
Regarding Dunn joining the cast, Kate Spade president and CEO Deborah Lloyd recently declared: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Jourdan Dunn, as she joins our team of interesting personalities this season. Similar to our customer, Jourdan is a woman who wears many hats, as a model, mother, philanthropist and chef. She perfectly embodies the spirit of the ‘Kate Spade New York girl,’ and we’re excited to share this spirit through our spring 2016 campaign and collection.”
Photographed by Emma Summerton, who indeed managed to perfectly capture Kate Spade’s iconic New Yorker style, the eclectic cast also includes photographer Syrie Moskowitz, author Karley Sciortino, fashion illustrator Robert W. Richards, musician and composer Jon Batiste, and artist, actress, and model Anh Duong. It is thus the perfect model squad made of modern and unique personalities, whose main goal is to celebrate humankind’s diversity and boost our confidence with the idea that we should never hide our inner self, no matter how ‘colorful’ it might be.
Each one of the total white scenarios effortlessly accentuates Kate Spade’s incredible palette of bold colors, celebrating color-blocking combinations of pink, yellow and light blue, as well as gauzy fabrics and shiny materials that will surely help brighten up any rainy day. Aside from the loads of flowers, the lineup features naïve feminine pleats too, which inevitably recall those longer and warmer days we are all longing for. While such a naïve attitude is mostly embodied by Karley Sciortino, Syrie Moscowitz wears some of the collection’s most sophisticated pieces, including a white silky blouse and a striped a-line skirt. Interior designer and quirky fashionista Iris Apfel enjoys stripes too, alternating black & white striped sweaters with floral total looks and oversized glasses.
Last but not least, besides flowers and Dalmatian dogs, the Kate Spade spring/summer 2016 campaign features hot dogs, newspapers and pigeons, which definitely help add an Andy Warhol-approved pop art touch to the entire collection.
Photos courtesy of Kate Spade