Today, the fashion industry has been rocked with the sad news that L’Wren Scott has been found dead in her Manhattan apartment. As a great model and an inspirational fashion designer I felt it was important to pay respect to her and all of her achievements, especially as the New York Times have referred to her as ‘Mick Jagger’s girlfriend’ when reporting the news. L’Wren Scott has a name, she was not just a rock star’s girlfriend, as I’m sure Jagger himself would agree, she was a beautiful and talented woman who bought inspiration to everyone in the fashion industry.
Kate Spade never disappoints when it comes to creating bold, youthful collections, and their AW collection, which was showcased during the second day of NYFW, was of no exception. This time the story behind the collection comes from the creative director’s recent trips to both Shanghai and Tokyo, which is clearly demonstrated by the designer’s use of obi bows, silky pajama pants and, of course, that ‘Hello Tokyo’ clutch bag. In this collection, rich colours are reminiscent of the vibrant South East Asian culture, especially when they are mixed with lots of textures, quirky accessories (that Chinese take out handbag) and bold prints (think bright florals and leopard spots). As usual, the Kate Spade New York collection has provided everything it promises to it’s loyal fashion followers; its playful, its bold and brings a youthful glow to the otherwise dull AW months. And what does the creative director have to say about the more subdued colours in the collection? ‘Navy is the new black’ (for a more classy Kate Spade look) and ‘Pale pink is the new neutral’ (For a softer, feminine edge contrasted against those brilliant vibrant hues).