Kate Spade New York Fall 2016: A meeting of jazz blues and romance

Kate Spade New York Fall 2016: A meeting of jazz blues and romance

Jazzin' it up

Text: Su Fen Tan

For Fall 2016, Deborah Lloyd takes us back to a time when jazz joints reigned in New York City

As we walked into The Powder Room @ The Black Swan in Singapore, the mood of the evening was apparent; the air in the mezzanine lounge carried the eclecticism of a jazz club in swing with a hint of romance—a reflection of the Kate Spade New York Fall 2016 collection that took centre stage.

For Fall 2016, creative director Deborah Lloyd was inspired by music and the free-spirited creative personalities that shine on stage with it. Think Billie Holiday singing the blues in an intimate jazz club, the ever-graceful Tamara Rojo gliding across the stage, or Liza Minneli's sultry and charismatic performance in Cabaret—essentially stars in their own fields. 


One can easily see the musical influences in the collection. Amongst the looks on display were tailored black and white ensembles fit for a virtuoso, and then there is the violin case-shaped bag which musicians and non-alike will covet. Lloyd jazzed things up with a palette of pastel pinks, rich reds and blue huesA sprinkle of romance is introduced in flowing dresses, floral prints and Victorian details, a lovely juxtaposition against the more tailored looks of the collection—this is Kate Spade after all. The mood for fall is channelled in demure silhouettes, heavy plaids and a touch of tweed. Airy chiffons keep it lighthearted, but are more often than not paired with longer hemlines to align with the season. We spotted plenty of date night-worthy floral dresses to look out for come fall.

Famed for their fun novelty accessories, there are no short of statement-making bags in this collection. Jazz club influences come through bags and clutches shaped like perfume bottles, boom boxes and pianos. One bag that will surely strike a chord with fans of the brand is the cool black cat clutch—a playful swipe at quirky sophistication.

Take a visual walk through the Kate Spade New York Fall 2016 looks here: 

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