By The Nation
Key Kate Spade elements this season include a ’70s-meets-’40s mix of fluid silhouettes and fabrics, an explosion of animal prints — leopard, croc, cheetah and snake — rich textures, abstract florals, gentle curves and sophisticated colours that escalate from rich to vibrant.
The autumn accents are warm browns, cinnamons and berry shades, lightened with shafts of brightness. Neutral lilac is paired with everything from nutty browns to deep evergreen and golden raisin.
The styling mixes prints and textures to create floral patterns that feel like animal prints, and polished looks that are punctuated with playful accessories — two bags worn at once, turbans and tights that sparkle.
Ready-to-wear has evolved in new textures, prints, colours and finishing touches that forge a polished but casual look. Key silhouettes include solid colour dresses in dramatic autumn shades, scoopneck mini dresses, ’70s-inspired blazers paired with high-waist flares in wool and corduroy, sharp-collar blouses, and pinafores designed to be worn with lurex knits and flowy blouses. Broomstick pleating and smocking details lend soft structure, while asymmetrical draping and ruching add movement to fluid fabrics.
Oversized cardigans and voluminous outerwear offer effortless elegance, including ultra-soft puffers, taffeta trenches, bias-cut coats and capes, and the two-tote look rendered in the same shades but with different textures or two clashing animal prints.
The brand is also experimenting with scale — a camera bag paired with a duffle, or a crossbody phone bag with a top handle bag.
On the subject of bags, seasonal updates include Glass’s top handle satchel and convertible shoulder bag, in mixed animal prints and textures: leopard-print, leopard haircalf, snake and high-shine croc-embossed leather. A new mini satchel in the Margaux line, as well as styles in multiple leopard colours. The Dolly line in crocodile- and snake-embossed leathers, haircalf and metallic-printed leather. Betty in shiny patent, and combinations of leather and suede. A new Molly work tote fits a 13-inch laptop, while the Dorie has an extra-large bucket bag.
Autumn-season shoes complement the tones of the ready-to-wear collection. Styling is easy thanks to lace-up knee-high boots and platform sandals in colourful python-embossed leather and suede; buckle pumps; hiking boots in a deco floral; high- and low-top sport-luxe sneakers in a varied mix of quilted nylon, velvet, glitter, suede, reflective materials and fun colours (lavender, pink, bright leopard), topped with novel details such as jewelled laces, tiny hearts. Slip-on sock sneakers with touches of lurex offer a more streamlined take on the silhouette.