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 ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö√Ü 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 New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018 starts today, February 5, and ends on February 14. Men’s shows will run for 2 days, from today, until February 7. Then, starting from February 8 until February 14, designers will show their women’s offerings. With multiple names leaving this spectacle, CFDA decided to turn this NYFW into a 10-day affair. The idea was to bring more attention, editors, and visitors to the men’s shows that are usually not as popular as the women’s ones. The CFDA expected that this move will make it easier for people to attend both shows since they are on the same schedule.
On the bright side, big designer fashion houses such as Marc Jacobs, Coach, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, and Philipp Plein are staying in town for the New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018. These names are well-known for their stellar shows, so we can only hope that they have something big for this year’s NYFW. Other designers that will show in New York are Raf Simons with two shows, one during the menswear schedule for his eponymous brand and one for Calvin Klein during the second part of the NYFW.
Victoria Beckham announced that this is her last season in New York. The British designer will take her eponymous label to London Fashion Week in September right in time for its 10-year anniversary. Bottega Veneta is another bright spot on the NYFW Fall/Winter 2018 schedule. The fashion house will celebrate the opening of his massive Madison Avenue store and New York seemed like a far better idea than Milan for this season. Matthew Adams Dolan and Eckhaus Latta are new and emerging designers that will bring fresh energy into this year’s NYFW.
It seems that the good and the bad news are barely keeping balance when it comes to NYFW Fall/Winter 2018. One of the buzziest labels on the schedule will no longer host a fashion show. Rihanna’s Fenty By Puma will pass on the traditional show this year and is still unknown how she will present the new offerings from her brand. Since Rihanna is the most influential celebrity in the world of fashion, she doesn’t necessarily need a fashion show, but we can’t say that we won’t miss her spectacles. J. Crew and Public School are also skipping the shows this year. Additionally, Delpozo is moving to LFW and Tome is getting ready for Paris.
Huge fashion houses Tom Browne, Proenza Schouler, Altuzarra, and Rodarte have departed from NYFW last year. Just recently Alexander Wang announced that he is moving his #WangFest in June and December with combined shows for his pre and main collections. Additionally, Marchesa pretty expectantly canceled its NYFW show due to the controversy that is happening around the brand in the last few months. Just for the records., Georgina Chapman, the estranged wife of the disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is one of the designers and owners of the brand.
These days we will see if NYFW will manage to keep its old shine after all these changes. Stay tuned for updates and collections.
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It’s not easy to decode the style of New York ladies because each one of them has a unique fashion expression. Their style goes from classy minimalism to fun maximalism depending which part of the city you are taking in consideration. Take a walk in Brooklyn and the East Village and you’ll most certainly see ladies in vibrant even neon colors. Chelsea and SoHo have the biggest fashionistas who come up with their own style rules but still look polished.
Regardless the fact that is hard to consider the style of New York women as one general category, we managed to spot the style rules that New York’s fashionistas swear by. So, here is how you can bring the Big Apple in your style and wardrobe:
Wear Your Biker Jacket With Everything
A classic biker jacket goes with everything from jeans and tee to pleated skirts and maxi dresses.
Alexander Wang joins the long list of designers that are leaving New York Fashion Week. The designer announced that the Fall 2018 show this February will mark the last time he is showing during the regular fashion week schedule. Opposite of the Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Altuzarra and Rag & Bone that left NYFW to show in Paris, Alexander Wang is staying in the city. The designer will still present his collections in New York, but moving forward his shows will happen in June and December. The fashion house will combine its pre and main collections. The new offerings will be divided into monthly drops between October and March as well as April and September. The brand’s idea is to pay more attention to the pre-collection schedule.
“Our consumer will be better served through the new system. The innovative approach reframes product on the month that it ships, rather than the outdated labels of ‘resort’ or ‘pre-fall,’ giving our customers more relevant and consistent merchandise throughout the year,’ said Alexander Wang’s CEO Lisa Gersh in a statement.
The fashion house’s decision is surprisingly supported by the CFDA which is also exploring ideas for a better pre-collection schedule. CFDA hinted that there might be more designers who are interested to adopt the pre-season-as-main-season model. If more American designers opt for this model, we might witness an exciting realization as soon as June 2018. Rodarte and Proenza Schouler already adopted this concept, but they ditched New York for Paris. Anyway, we might have a reinvented pre-collection schedule, but the main fashion weeks are undeniably less exciting than before without names such as the ones that left.
The most important question to answer is: What will happen with NYFW, now that Wang is leaving? The designer’s shows were one-of-a-kind spectacles. Besides fashion presentations, Wang threw some of the best after-show parties. For Spring 2018, he gathered the fashion crowd in a distant Bushwick street for his #Wangfest, while Fall 2017 took place in an abandoned theater in Harlem. Although the shows received a dose of criticism because of the locations and some other issues, the fact that no one throws parties like Alexander Wang is undeniable. With many A-listers around and performers such as Courtney Love, Fetty Wap, Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, Ashanti and Ja Rule, you can’t have a bad time.
We have yet to see what Alexander Wang has up his sleeve. Maybe the new concept will allow fashion party animals to party even harder since they won’t have to attend multiple shows the next day. After all the pre-collection schedule is less crowded and leaves more space for Wang to experiment with his fashion shows.
Carrie Bradshaw is unarguably the first name that pops up in our mind when it comes to fictional shopaholics. The lady who made Carrie Bradshaw so insanely lovable, Sarah Jessica Parker got in the role of a shoe designer a few years ago. Her signature footwear label SJP serves some fancy shoe realness to all fashion obsessives around the globe. Parker perfectly understands the mindset of a shoecoholic, naturally because she is one. Just in time for Black Friday the actress opened her first ever New York pop-up store. Parker chose a central location in the heart of midtown at Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street.
“I have a sentimental attachment to this street, actually, because when I played Annie on Broadway, it was right down the street! And Billy Joel has this album called 52nd Street that I love,’ Sarah explains the story behind the location to Vogue.
The SJP pop-up store is a dream come true for the brand’s die-hard fans. There is a wall covered in stiletto illustrations custom created by Eric Hughes of Wallshoppe. This pattern is also on onto the shopping bags and the iPhone cases of Sarah’s limited edition collection. The Instagrammable wall is already a sensation on Instagram. Parker claimed that she has already received requests from fans to purchase the wallpaper. She kept the rest of the space simple but chic. The other walls are in the brand’s signature blush-toned pink color. The furniture comes from several vintage shops and Etsy.
The SJP pop-up store has the brand’s bestselling shoe styles as well as new exclusive shoe designs on display. The actress-turned-designer made sure to offer something for everybody. From trending flats and sneakers to chic high heels, Parker got you covered on shoes. Sarah Jessica Parker also brought her chic bags in store as well as the cult little black dress. The insanely chic pop-up got the attention of many loyal fans of the shoe brand. According to Vogue, there was a growing crowd outside even 48 hours before the scheduled open date.
The most exciting thing about the SJP New York pop-up store is that the actress herself will get in a role of a sales associate. Parker revealed that she will be at the pop-up most of the time, helping her loyal customers to upgrade their shoe closet. The pop-up store is open for 10 days, from November 24 to December 3. Sarah Jessica Parker promised to offer a party for the foot, so be there if you want to treat your feet and get a face-to-face consultation with the fashion legend herself.
It’s official: The New York Fashion Week has finally opened up more about beauty at all sizes. The issue of diversity in the fashion industry has been very discussed lately. As a result to that, the SS 2018 NYFW had runway shows that featured models of all sizes, generations, and races. Every year more designers care about the diversity at their shows. During SS 2018 NYFW 9 designers included plus-size models. Total of 208 size-diverse models were a part of the SS 2018 NYFW both on the runway and the presentations. This is a record-breaking number in the history of the NYFW. See the mesmerizing looks that the curvy beauties flaunted on the show in the video below.
Last year only 27 plus-size models made an appearance, so this is a very remarkable result. According to Fall 2017 Runway Diversity Report, 31.5% of the designers included more plus-size models and models of color this year. Among the designers who had plus-size models on their shows is Christian Siriano. The young designer is a huge supporter of the body-positive movement. Christian Siriano invites curvy models to his shows on a regular basis.
Addition Elle is another brand that stood for diversity this year. The brand is known for its size-inclusive collections and collaborations with body positivity advocates such as Ashley Graham and Jordyn Woods. This was Addition Elle’s debut show on the NYFW. The brand had very size-inclusive model cast. Other inclusive brands include Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung, Chromat, Anna Sui, Rebecca Minkoff, and The Blonds.
The body positivity isn’t a trend but an evolution. The SS 2018 NYFW was a step forward toward more inclusive fashion and less body shaming. It’s finally time to spread positivity and break stereotypes.
The New York Fashion Week starts next week on September 7. This year there will be multiple changes predominantly in the schedule. Big names such as Altuzzara, Rodarte, Thom Browne, and Proenza Schouler decided to show their collections in Paris. Probably this was the reason why the NYFW will end one day earlier than usual. The last shows will happen on September 13.
During the NYFW designers will show their spring 2018 women’s collections. Some designers moved to Paris, but there are still many exciting names that will show their designs next week. Among the fashion houses that are returning this year to the NYFW are Tom Ford and Fenty x Puma by Rihanna. Both shows are expected to have a high-profile audience full of celebrities and influencers. There are also some designers who will show at NYFW for the first time. The cool streetwear label Daisy approved by Kim Kardashian West is on the schedule for this year. Next, Matthew Adams Dolan, Rihanna’s go-to denim designer will also make his debut on the NYFW. Other new names include Snow Xue Gao, Lou Dallas and Barragan and LRS. The plus-size clothing brand Addition Elle will also be part of the NYFW for the first time ever. Models such as Ashley Graham and Jordyn Woods will walk the runway for the brand. This is expected to be the most body-positive NYFW so far.
Another change this year is the location. Rumor has it that Brooklyn will be the center of the fashion events this year. Some of the brands already confirmed their locations in Brooklyn. Additionally, some designers choose out of town locations. Ralph Lauren, for example, will show his collection 46.1 miles from One World Trade Center. The designer will present Spring 2018 designs in his garage in Bedford. More designers are leaving the runway concept and opt for a more intimate atmosphere. This way, the audience has a closer look at the designs. Designers, on the other hand, get an opportunity to connect with the audience on a more personal level. This year Narciso Rodriguez and Rag and Bone will show the collections in their ateliers.
The NYFW has many new faces this year. The most popular one is Kaia Gerber, the 16-year-old daughter of the former supermodel Cindy Crawford. Kaia is the new face of the Daisy perfume by Marc Jacobs. Therefore, we should expect the model to make her debut at the NYFW on the Marc Jacobs’ show.
There are also many fashion films this year and upgraded in-between show snacks. Movies, snacks, and fashion seem like a perfect idea to spend the week.
After showing the collections in Paris for the last two seasons, Rihanna has taken Fenty Puma back to New York.
“After two successful seasons showing during Paris Fashion Week, Rihanna has decided to return to New York and show her Fenty Puma by Rihanna Spring 2018 collection during NYFW, making this the first time she will present during September NYFW.’, the sportswear brand said in a statement.
The Spring 2018 collection will be the first spring collection that the singer will show in New York. Further details of the date and the location have yet to be revealed. If the show follows the brand’s practice from the past then we should expect Rihanna to show her collection at the end of the New York Fashion Week.
The New York Fashion Week has lost many big names lately such as Proenza, Adieu, Thom Browne, and Rodarte. With Rihanna’s decision to present the collection during New York Fashion Week, they can finally add one of the big names back on the list. So far the singer has shown only one collection in New York. It was the Fall 2016 collection which was her first ever for Puma.
Rihanna’s Fenty Puma Shows have never disappointed. The singer gathers the most popular models in the business and her shows are packed with celebrities. Additionally, Fenty Puma shows are held in luxury venues and are a true spectacle. After the first New York show the singer took Fenty Puma to Paris at the Biblioth‚Äö√†√∂¬¨√Üque Nationale de France for the Fall 2017 Collection. Moreover, the Spring 2017 Marie Antoinette-inspired collection took place at the H‚Äö√†√∂¬¨‚Ä¢tel Salomon de Rothschild.
Rihanna has been a creative director of Puma for the last three years. Their collaboration started in December 2014 while the contract ends this year. It’s still uncertain whether they will continue to work together or not. Considering the strong relationship between the sportswear brand and the mega-popular singer it’s not going to be a surprise if they decide to work together on more Fenty Puma Collections.
“Puma trusted me in a major way that a lot of companies wouldn’t,’ said Rihanna after her first show in New York.
All we can do for now is just sit tight and wait for more details. Lastly, the highly anticipated Fenty Puma show is most certainly going to be the highlight of the New York Fashion Week.
While Pantone’s colors for spring 2017 were gorgeously evoking, just wait to see Pantone’s top 10 fall 2017 fashion colors from New York Fashion Week! Rich and extremely versatile, Pantone’s colors for the upcoming colder seasons will make anyone happy, from those who love more conventionally fall-inspired shades, to those who like to mix things and surprise everybody with less conventionally autumnal-inspired fashion patterns.
Although being predominantly linked to interior design, Pantone is synonymous with fashion too, as it often draws inspiration specifically from one of the most inspiring Fashion Weeks ” New York Fashion Week.
“There is a commonality between the colors we are seeing on the runway in New York and London.’ explained Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “However, individuality is evident and we are seeing a distinct difference between the shows in the two cities in the way these same colors are being combined.’
So, what are the top fall 2017 color trends according to Pantone? Let’s check them out.
#1. Grenadine 17-1558
Grenadine is one of the most dynamic and self-confident red shades, and we will surely find it everywhere from fashion to beauty (wouldn’t it be gorgeous, as a lipstick?). Described by Pantone as an “attention getter’ color, Grenadine was featured a lot in the past New York Fashion Week fall 2017, especially in collections like those of Adam Selman and Monse.
#2. Tawny Port 19-1725
While Grenadine is fun, Tawny Port is the Red Family‘s most elegant child, as its sophisticated, darker shade of red is just the perfect go-to for any fall party. Jason Wu and Nineties Queen Victoria Beckham loved it particularly, especially when used in fashionable solid-colored outfits.
#3. Ballet Slipper 13-2808
Pink will probably never stop being one of the fashion industry’s favorite colors, as proven by Pantone’s so-called Ballet Slipper, too. Soft and glamorous, this specific shade of pink will make any fall 2017 outfit trendy, elegant and jocose, which is just something everybody looks for when the fall season arrives.
Fashion designers Christian Siriano and Sies Marjan played a lot with this shade in their fall 2017 collections, often toying with different fabrics, too (this fall 2017 color is particularly suited for the upcoming autumnal fabric trends).
#4. Butterum 16-1341
Pink aside, nude and light brown colors will very likely never stop being huge fashion trends too, as suggested by Pantone’s Butterum, namely a fall-approved rich brown fashion houses such as Marc Jacobs, Rosie Assoulin and Creatures of Comfort included in their fall 2017 collections.
#5. Navy Peony 19-4029
The next two fall 2017 color trends according to Pantone are both autumn-approved and neutral, as they make it possible and incredibly easier to have fun with the other colors on this list. Navy Peony, as seen both at New York and London Fashion Weeks, is an elegantly darker shade of navy blue, which is also unapologetically vibrant.
Many fashion designers proposed garments dipped into Navy Peony, but it was with Gabriela Hearst and Phillip Lim that things went sleeker and multi-dimensional!
#6. Neutral Gray 17-4402
While gray is a universally flattering shade, Neutral Gray is Pantone’s trendiest answer to the fall 2017 neutral trend. Meant to be used either as “an accent or a head-to-toe statement shade’, Neutral Gray was fashion designers Thom Browne’s and Alexander Wang‘s favorite shade for the fall 2017 season.
#7. Shaded Spruce 19-4524
Although Greenery it Pantone’s color for 2017, it was its sister Shaded Spruce the one that got featured a lot during New York Fashion Week fall 2017. Forest-like and charming, Shaded Spruce found its best translation to fashion with Brandon Maxwell’s and Oscar de la Renta’s fall 2017 collections, which used it both for solid-colored outfits or single it-items.
#8. Golden Lime 16-0543
With yellow and green being two of the spring 2017 trendiest colors, a mixture of them both had to be feature in Pantone’s fall 2017 color trends report. Golden Lime combines an earthy green coloring with a golden yellow, creating the cheerful shade one needs to complete the most neutral-toned fall 2017 outfit of the day with, as seen, for instance, at Tory Burch and J.Crew.
#9. Marina 17-4041
Greatly featured in Raf Simons’ debut with Calvin Klein, Marina is one of the forthcoming fall 2017 season’s most anticipated colors, as it is both cheerful and elegant. Perfect when combined with white, red, gray, and ivory, Marina will bring “freshness and brightness” to any of your fall 2017 outfits.
#10. Autumn Maple 17-1145
Last but not least, here we are with this fall 2017 “quintessential autumn color’, Autumn Maple. Evocative and richly textured, Autumn Maple is the it color of fall 2017, as seen on catwalks such as those of Coach 1941 and Proenza Schouler.
Photos courtesy of Pantone, Vogue