NYFW 2017: Kate Spade's Spring 2018 collection and the woman behind it
There's a little something for everyone in Kate Spade's Spring/Summer 2018 collection: Romantic florals, structured suits and -- of course -- plenty of pink.
Inspired largely by the playful, romantic spirit of New Orleans, the collection is appropriately whimsical while still day-to-day wearable. Standout looks include a dusty pink dress with black tulle detail and two picnic-perfect ensembles in a muted grid print.
This season marks the brand's 25th birthday, and in celebration, it's bringing back the original Sam bag, a bold box shape first introduced in 1993 -- years before current President and Chief Creative Officer Deborah Lloyd would join the iconic label.
"My first Fashion Week was in Milan, many years ago. It seems like a lifetime ago," Lloyd told AOL ahead of Kate Spade's presentation. "It was my first job. I remember going in and seeing some of the collection I'd worked on on the Milan catwalk, and it was the most exciting thing in the world. I was like, 'I've made it!' Now, I look back and I'm like, no, I was right at the beginning of my journey."
Deborah Lloyd at Kate Spade's 2018 Spring/Summer Presentation | Getty
Lloyd, an England native, now lives here in New York. We asked her to answer a few rapid-fire questions backstage as the Kate Spade models prepared to make their debut.
One time you wore heels but you wish you wore flats: "Every day, running around New York."
Most beautiful spot in Manhattan: "Flower District."
One thing London does better than New York: "The food. Sorry!"
Favorite movie character: "Audrey Hepburn in 'My Fair Lady.'"
One trend you regret wearing: "I try to avoid trends."
A woman you look up to: "Oh, so many. I wouldn't know where to start."
Best compliment you can receive: "'You're looking so happy.'"
How you'll celebrate after NYFW wraps: "A glass of champagne and a plate of oysters!"