We'll be the first to admit that we consider the lustre of the Kate Spade brand to have faded since the departure of its eponymous founder some years ago. Since then, the house has seemed to play it safe, unwilling to step outside the niche it had found for itself in the market. That cautious strategy has resulted in something of a stagnation in the line and a predicability in its offerings. So we were happy to see a slight course-correction for Fall 2017. A little more edgy than usual, gone are the pastels (although a pale pink outfit does turn up at one point) replaced instead by red and black. The print is still floral, but the sweetness of the poppies are offset by the black background and the use of animal print. Of course the line's lifeblood - accessories - feature heavily.
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